Definition of rapacious in US English:



  • Aggressively greedy or grasping.

    ‘rapacious landlords’
    • ‘Janofsky alludes to federally mandated spending and to rapacious tax cutting by the states.’
    • ‘Within them, stories unfold about gangsters, unsuccessful cowboys and rapacious music producers.’
    • ‘Where this leaves the more rapacious companies remains to be seen.’
    • ‘The John Leslie case exposes the media at its sleaziest and most rapacious.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He drew the link between control over society's resources by a small wealthy elite and this rapacious policy.’
    • ‘He ignores the fact that workers need the full freedom to organise to defend themselves against the rapacious greed of their employers.’
    • ‘When he carried out a train robbery, he claimed he was defending the small farmer against rapacious railroad magnates.’
    • ‘I've always thought of Sydney as ravenous, rapacious and ruthless.’
    • ‘From Seattle to Phnom Penh, protesters are fighting the incursion of supposedly rapacious multinational corporations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They were revealed instead as rapacious asset-strippers.’
    • ‘But this socialist market is just as rapacious as any other.’
    • ‘The economy is collapsing, because of international policies, which are rapacious and stupid.’
    • ‘The problems of corporate governance are about much more than rapacious egotism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead of spurning these rapacious advances, local authorities were demanding a permanent share of the profits.’
    • ‘It is quite breathtaking to realise quite how rapacious the industry is and how conceited and vapid are its practitioners.’
    • ‘Now there are rapacious landlords getting paid by the city to house homeless families.’
    • ‘The rapacious company bullied and bought its way into poorer countries by making false promises of cheap fuel supplies.’
    grasping, greedy, avaricious, acquisitive, covetous, mercenary, materialistic, insatiable, predatory, voracious, usurious, extortionate
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Mid 17th century: from Latin rapax, rapac- (from rapere ‘to snatch’) + -ious.