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- (also figuratively) Voracious; avaricious.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:greedy
- 1787, Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 6: Concerning Dangers from Dissensions Between the States:
- To presume a want of motives for such contests [of power between states] as an argument against their existence, would be to forget that men are ambitious, vindictive, and rapacious.
- Given to taking by force or plundering; aggressively greedy.
- (of an animal, usually a bird) Subsisting off live prey.
- The use of this term for animals other than birds is dated.
given to take by force