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also pre·da·cious  (prĭ-dā′shəs)
1. Living by seizing or taking prey; predatory.
2. Given to victimizing, plundering, or destroying for one's own gain.

[From Latin praedārī, to plunder; see predatory.]

pre·dac′i·ty (-dăs′ĭ-tē) n.


(prɪˈdeɪʃəs) or


1. (Zoology) (of animals) habitually hunting and killing other animals for food
2. preying on others
[C18: from Latin praeda plunder; compare predatory]
preˈdaciousness, preˈdaceousness, predacity n


(prɪˈdeɪ ʃəs)

predatory; rapacious.
Also, esp. Biol.,pre•da′ceous.
[1705–15; pred (atory) + -acious]
pre•da′cious•ness, pre•dac′i•ty (-ˈdæs ɪ ti) ; esp. Biol., pre•da′ceous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.predacious - hunting and killing other animals for food
carnivorous - (used of plants as well as animals) feeding on animals; "carnivorous plants are capable of trapping and digesting small animals especially insects"
2.predacious - 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
acquisitive - eager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas; "an acquisitive mind"; "an acquisitive society in which the craving for material things seems never satisfied"
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By continually conflating State intervention and representative government with laissez-faire capitalism, Eagleton turns the latter into a predacious political system, equipped with its own "citizens" and governors.
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The legend of Theseus is a story of Greek antiquity about a young man who saves his people from the predacious practice of human sacrifice by the Minoan king by slaying the dreaded human hybrid monster known as the Minotaur.
The rich diversity of insects is hinted at by a Park Service brochure that tantalizingly lists, but says nothing about, 159 species of resident beetles, mostly of the predacious diving, crawling water, or water scavenger type.
By the same token, the many people in Harlem who provoke Coffin Ed and Grave Digger's shared disgust--Goldy and Imabelle in A Rage in Harlem, the "hophead" hit men in The Heat's On, Chink Charlie Dawson in The Crazy Kill, Deke O'Malley in Cotton Comes to Harlem--suggest that while economic inequality provokes irritation, the forces representing varieties of frequently feminized, predacious lawlessness trigger an ugly feeling--disgust--that enables both men to articulate a distinction between their own jobs, and the work that the objects of their disgust perform.
Also, the plan calls for stocking larger predacious trout periodically if needed to limit the population of invasive fish species, such as the golden shiners discovered in the lake last summer.
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Without preamble, he said: "Smith, you used the word predacious last week and said you meant to use the word voracious.
But despite it being 2008, and the genders edging towards equality, it still somehow feels wrong if a man can't put up with a bit of uninvited, sexually predacious behaviour without seeking help from a not overly butch flight attendant.