Definition of grasping in English:



  • Avaricious; greedy.

    ‘they were regarded as grasping landlords’
    • ‘When grasping and unprincipled people begin to test the patience of the general public, I believe they have something to worry about.’
    • ‘They may, in the way of families, be primitive, grasping and sadistic.’
    • ‘He has been transformed from a grasping, selfish, small-time operator into a decent fellow who now plays a game of ludo with the rejuvenated elders.’
    • ‘It's a grasping, greedy society, fuelled by educational expectation and privilege.’
    • ‘Have you never been driven to distraction by a grasping building contractor?’
    • ‘She hid it under the carpets to keep it from the grasping claws of her greedy brother, who was a man not averse to physical violence and who put pressure on everybody to help him service his frequent debts.’
    • ‘The play's more engaging theme is found in the moral struggle the characters encounter as they wrestle with the notion of integrity in the face of their grasping egos.’
    • ‘This is a grasping, ambitious woman in the style of Lady Macbeth, who'll readily sacrifice people for her own gain.’
    • ‘In another, a grasping mother and daughter are duped out of their upward social climb by an unscrupulous foreigner.’
    • ‘It was certainly entertaining and one could not help but feel sorry for him for being involved with such a grasping, shallow woman of the sort portrayed here!’
    • ‘I did not know that this covers a grasping avariciousness by the family towards the children.’
    • ‘He will continue to privatise whatever he can get his grasping little hands on.’
    • ‘Loopholes come about through the pleading of property owners who dare to suggest that there is merit to keeping private property safe from the grasping hand of power.’
    • ‘A grasping and greedy ethos seems to be what grips most of our citizens.’
    • ‘It rather appears that your job of spiritual adviser is being undermined by your brother, the grasping wretch.’
    avaricious, acquisitive, greedy, rapacious, grabbing, usurious, covetous, venal
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