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Word: rapacious

Definition: voracious; ravenous; taking everything one can; excessively grasping; plundering; subsisting on live prey; Ex. rapacious birds


Sentences Containing 'rapacious'

Slowly it floats more and more away, the water round it torn and splashed by the insatiate sharks, and the air above vexed with rapacious flights of screaming fowls, whose beaks are like so many insulting poniards in the whale.
Sow the same seed of rapacious license and oppression over again, and it will surely yield the same fruit according to its kind.
This is often used in a pejorative sense, however (as in "nickname for a greedy or rapacious person, from Middle High and Middle Low German "gir(e)" as in ‘large bird of prey’, ‘vulture’").
What to the rapacious landlord is the widow's last mite but a Fast-Fish?

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