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rapacious

ra·pa·cious

rapacious

 
 
pronunciation:
r peI shs
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: extremely greedy or ravenous; voracious.
They blamed rapacious lawyers for the high cost of malpractice insurance.The rapacious lion devoured its prey.
synonyms:
gluttonous, greedy, ravenous, voracious
antonyms:
generous
similar words:
desperate, insatiable, lupine, omnivorous
definition 2: capable of capturing and eating live prey; predacious.
A hawk is a rapacious bird.
synonyms:
predacious, predatory
similar words:
carnivorous, omnivorous, raptorial, ravenous
derivations: rapaciously (adv.), rapaciousness (n.), rapacity (n.)
Word Parts
The word rapacious contains the following parts:
rap Latin root that means seize, carry off by force
-acious Latin adjective-forming suffix that means full of, characterized by
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The suffix -acious forms adjectives from Latinate nouns ending in "-acity," "-acy," or "-ce." Most common adjectives ending in -acious have a corresponding noun form ending in "-acity."