pred·a·to·ry /ˈprɛdəˌtori, ˌtɔr-/
1. Characterized by plundering; practicing rapine; plundering; pillaging; as, a predatory excursion; a predatory party. “A predatory war.”
2. Hungry; ravenous; as, predatory spirits. [Obs.]
Exercise . . . maketh the spirits more hot and predatory. --Bacon.
3. Zool. Living by preying upon other animals; carnivorous.
adj 1: characterized by plundering or pillaging or marauding;
"bands of marauding Indians"; "predatory warfare"; "a
raiding party" [syn: marauding, raiding]
2: 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: rapacious, raptorial, ravening, vulturine,
3: living by or given to victimizing others for personal gain;
"predatory capitalists"; "a predatory, insensate society
in which innocence and decency can prove fatal"- Peter S.
Prescott; "a predacious kind of animal--the early
geological gangster"- W.E.Swinton [syn: predaceous, predacious]