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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Rapacious  \Rapa"cious\,  a.  [L.  rapax  -acis,  from  rapere  to 
  seize  and  carry  off  to  snatch  away  See  {Rapid}.] 
  1.  Given  to  plunder;  disposed  or  accustomed  to  seize  by 
  violence;  seizing  by  force.  ``  The  downfall  of  the 
  rapacious  and  licentious  Knights  Templar.''  --Motley. 
  2.  Accustomed  to  seize  food;  subsisting  on  prey,  or  animals 
  seized  by  violence;  as  a  tiger  is  a  rapacious  animal;  a 
  rapacious  bird. 
  3.  Avaricious;  grasping;  extortionate;  also  greedy; 
  ravenous;  voracious;  as  rapacious  usurers;  a  rapacious 
  [Thy  Lord]  redeem  thee  from  Death's  rapacious  claim 
  Syn:  Greedy;  grasping;  ravenous;  voracious.  -- 
  {Ra*pa"cious*ly},  adv  --  {Ra*pa"cious*ness},  n. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  living  by  preying  on  other  animals  especially  by  catching 
  living  prey;  "a  predatory  bird";  "the  rapacious  wolf"; 
  "raptorial  birds";  "ravening  wolves";  "a  vulturine 
  taste  for  offal"  [syn:  {predatory},  {raptorial},  {ravening}, 
  {vulturine},  {vulturous}] 
  2:  excessively  greedy  and  grasping;  "a  rapacious  divorcee  on 
  the  prowl";  "ravening  creditors";  "paying  taxes  to 
  voracious  governments"  [syn:  {ravening},  {voracious}] 
  3:  devouring  or  craving  food  in  great  quantities;  "edacious 
  vultures";  "a  rapacious  appetite";  "ravenous  as  wolves"; 
  "voracious  sharks"  [syn:  {edacious},  {esurient},  {ravening}, 
  {ravenous},  {voracious},  {wolfish}] 

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