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predatory

pred·a·to·ry

predatory

 
pronunciation:
pre d to ri
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: living on the flesh of other animals.
The panther is a predatory animal.
similar words:
carnivorous, rapacious, ravenous
definition 2: tending to abuse or victimize others.
The neighborhood lived in fear of this predatory criminal.
similar words:
ravenous
definition 3: of, pertaining to, or characterized by thievery or violence.
He was accused of several predatory attacks on elderly women.
derivations: predatorily (adv.), predatoriness (n.)