Definition of


  1. (adj, all) living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey
    the rapacious wolf
    raptorial birds
    ravening wolves
    a vulturine taste for offal
  2. (adj, all) excessively greedy and grasping
    ravening creditors
    paying taxes to voracious governments
  3. (adj, all) devouring or craving food in great quantities
    a rapacious appetite
    ravenous as wolves
    voracious sharks

via WordNet, Princeton University

Alternate forms of Rapacious

Derivations: rapaciousness, rapacity

Origin of the word Rapacious

  1. 1650s, from L. rapaci-, stem of rapax "grasping," from rapere (see rapacity) + -ous. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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