Definition of power-hungry in US English:



  • 1Having a strong desire for power.

    ‘the power-hungry and evil dictator’
    • ‘Caesar is a selfmade man with a pistol strapped to his hip, whose obsession with law and order has made him brutal and power-hungry.’
    • ‘In Shakespeare's play Antony and Cleopatra, we are told the story of two passionate and power-hungry lovers.’
    • ‘The new heir was a mentally unstable young woman who was married to a power-hungry Austrian prince.’
    • ‘A very Senior Official had pleaded with another power-hungry local official to at least allow me to attend the last Council Meeting.’
    • ‘Menelaus prevails upon Agamemnon, his brother, to declare war on Troy, which has always stood just outside the grasp of the power-hungry Greek ruler.’
    • ‘She is no power-hungry woman waiting to grab power.’
    • ‘They were arrogant, power-hungry imperialists.’
    • ‘This will complete the transfer of authority in European football from the governing bodies to the increasingly demanding and power-hungry club bosses.’
    • ‘She was much like her husband in many ways - bossy, luxury-loving, and power-hungry.’
    • ‘I hate to admit it, but every day I have a growing suspicion that I'm power-hungry.’
    • ‘Laurie was highly dedicated, not personally ambitious or power hungry.’
    • ‘A rival clan leader is looking to marry Shinobu, and, like all evil, power-hungry villains, wants to assume levels of awesome might.’
    • ‘He is a power-hungry miser, a greedy manipulator of people, who robs the inhabitants of the town of which he is mayor.’
    • ‘The players are greedy, wanting more than they need or are probably worth, and are power hungry.’
    • ‘This had created an authoritarian mentality characterized by unquestioning obedience to the emperor and his power-hungry generals.’
    • ‘Prince John is the power-hungry, arrogant and cowardly brother of King Richard.’
    • ‘In the 1987 film Wall Street, Michael Douglas's famously power-hungry character Gordon Gekko makes a speech extolling greed which captured the mood of the decade.’
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    1. 1.1 (of a device) using or requiring a lot of electrical power.
      ‘power-hungry processors’
      • ‘Today's power-hungry components need more 12V power than older hardware does, so a power supply must provide adequate 12V current.’
      • ‘GPS is a power-hungry technology.’
      • ‘Among other things, the heat output and energy consumption of the latest power-hungry processors is too much to bear.’
      • ‘We will speed the migration toward larger and higher-resolution panels that will eventually replace traditionally bulky and power-hungry displays.’
      • ‘The most power-hungry, high end video cards will still require external power connectors.’
      • ‘If power-hungry hardware is added, like a high-end video card, a power supply unit with a minimum of 450 Watt seems to be a good idea.’
      • ‘The piece suggested that London was in line for an electricity blackout due to the construction of power-hungry data centers in the capital.’
      • ‘Nanotechnology may open the door to smaller, more reliable, and less power-hungry memory chips in cell phones, network gear, and other devices.’
      • ‘As it's a fairly power-hungry device, there are two lithium-ion batteries included in the box.’
      • ‘To process arbitrary speech, you need a very powerful and power-hungry processor.’
      • ‘Over the next few years, many of Japan's mobile phone makers will add power-hungry digital broadcast tuners to their mobile phone models.’
      • ‘Each has a removable battery, especially handy when using power-hungry Wi-Fi.’