rapaciousness


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ra·pa·cious

 (rə-pā′shəs)
adj.
1. Having or showing a strong or excessive desire to acquire money or possess things; greedy: "dishonest utilities and rapacious energy traders" (Paul Roberts).
2. Living by killing prey, especially in large numbers: rapacious coyotes.
3. Taking things by force; plundering: rapacious pirates.

[From Latin rapāx, rapāc-, from rapere, to seize; see rep- in Indo-European roots.]

ra·pa′cious·ly adv.
ra·pac′i·ty (rə-păs′ĭ-tē), ra·pa′cious·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rapaciousness - extreme gluttonyrapaciousness - extreme gluttony      
gluttony - habitual eating to excess
2.rapaciousness - an excessive desire for wealth (usually in large amounts); "the greediness of lawyers"
selfishness - stinginess resulting from a concern for your own welfare and a disregard of others

rapaciousness

noun
The quality or condition of being voracious:
Translations
جَشَع، نَهَم
chamtivost
griskhed
græîgi
aç gözlülük

rapacious

(rəˈpeiʃəs) adjective
greedy (especially for money); eager to seize as much as possible.
raˈpaciously adverb
raˈpaciousness noun
raˈpacity (-ˈpӕsə-) noun
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