1. Given to plunder; disposed or accustomed to seize by violence; seizing by force. “ The downfall of the rapacious and licentious Knights Templar.”
2. Accustomed to seize food; subsisting on prey, or animals seized by violence; as, a tiger is a rapacious animal; a rapacious bird.
3. Avaricious; grasping; extortionate; also, greedy; ravenous; voracious; as, rapacious usurers; a rapacious appetite.
[Thy Lord] redeem thee quite from Death's rapacious claim --Milton.
Syn: -- Greedy; grasping; ravenous; voracious.
-- Ra*pa*cious*ly, adv. -- Ra*pa*cious*ness, n.
adj 1: 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: predatory, raptorial, ravening,
2: excessively greedy and grasping; "a rapacious divorcee on
the prowl"; "ravening creditors"; "paying taxes to
voracious governments" [syn: ravening, voracious]
3: devouring or craving food in great quantities; "edacious
vultures"; "a rapacious appetite"; "ravenous as wolves";
"voracious sharks" [syn: edacious, esurient, ravening,
ravenous, voracious, wolfish]