Definition of rapacious in US English:

rapacious

adjective

  • Aggressively greedy or grasping.

    ‘rapacious landlords’
    • ‘Our lack of a bill of rights makes it extremely difficult for judges to protect our freedoms from a rapacious government intent on destroying them.’
    • ‘The rapacious company bullied and bought its way into poorer countries by making false promises of cheap fuel supplies.’
    • ‘The John Leslie case exposes the media at its sleaziest and most rapacious.’
    • ‘Within them, stories unfold about gangsters, unsuccessful cowboys and rapacious music producers.’
    • ‘I've always thought of Sydney as ravenous, rapacious and ruthless.’
    • ‘Now there are rapacious landlords getting paid by the city to house homeless families.’
    • ‘He drew the link between control over society's resources by a small wealthy elite and this rapacious policy.’
    • ‘But this socialist market is just as rapacious as any other.’
    • ‘Even predictable repetitions of the same deception fail to open the eyes of the people to see through the façade of rapacious and false religiosity.’
    • ‘It is quite breathtaking to realise quite how rapacious the industry is and how conceited and vapid are its practitioners.’
    • ‘They were revealed instead as rapacious asset-strippers.’
    • ‘When he carried out a train robbery, he claimed he was defending the small farmer against rapacious railroad magnates.’
    • ‘From Seattle to Phnom Penh, protesters are fighting the incursion of supposedly rapacious multinational corporations.’
    • ‘Instead of spurning these rapacious advances, local authorities were demanding a permanent share of the profits.’
    • ‘Janofsky alludes to federally mandated spending and to rapacious tax cutting by the states.’
    • ‘He ignores the fact that workers need the full freedom to organise to defend themselves against the rapacious greed of their employers.’
    • ‘Where this leaves the more rapacious companies remains to be seen.’
    • ‘While I do not condone some of the more rapacious acts of Australian companies, I am not so sanguine about local small scale operators either.’
    • ‘The problems of corporate governance are about much more than rapacious egotism.’
    • ‘The economy is collapsing, because of international policies, which are rapacious and stupid.’
    grasping, greedy, avaricious, acquisitive, covetous, mercenary, materialistic, insatiable, predatory, voracious, usurious, extortionate
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin rapax, rapac- (from rapere ‘to snatch’) + -ious.

Pronunciation

rapacious

/rəˈpeɪʃəs//rəˈpāSHəs/