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rapacious

adjective avaricious, cormorant, depredatory, devouring, grasping, greedy, insatiable, living on prey, lupine, marauding, pillaging, piratical, plundering, predacious, predatory, preying, rapax, ravenous, voracious, vulturine, vulturous, wolfish
See also: confiscatory, insatiable, larcenous, mercenary, predatory
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With the industry regulator, Ofgem, proving completely unsuited to the task of protecting consumers from the rapacious greed of the energy companies for exorbitant profits, it is high time they were taken back into public ownership.
For every greedy evil rapacious liar priest I think maybe there are thirty great and subtle men.
Whether or not nations choose to act on climate change, it is very obvious that not only are carbon fuels finite, depleting and the cause of ever more dangerous political situations, but also, as a nation in decline relative to more rapacious economies, they are going to be less available and less affordable to us.
Then there would be their arrival back to earth and in the background all the pain and suffering of the families and the rapacious news people all vying with one another to be the first to get any news out to the wide world.
So how deliciously ironic then that the only reason we can now make a conscious decision to become vegetarian or vegan is down to our ancestors having been rapacious carnivores.
is a DVD documentary that uses computer animation to bring mankind's discoveries about dinosaurs to life--from the revelation that "Oviraptor" was in fact a good parent who brooded over its eggs rather than a rapacious egg thief, to the story of a real-life "Indiana Jones" archaeology pioneer who braved desert bandits to bring home amazing fossil finds, to the shocking recent discovery that (flightless) velociraptors had feathers
Sir, Perhaps John Heynen's mission in life is simply to flog four-packs to young women and bump his sales up by 160m [pounds sterling], but his way of doing it could hardly be more rapacious and irresponsible (The Grocer 25 April, p9, Molson Coors eyes c-store opportunities).
With the rapacious development of transnational capital well oiled by institutions such as the WTO, the World Bank, the International Monetary Funds and the proliferation of multilateral and bilateral trade agreements world-wide, the global fight over food has resulted in dumping practices that leave small-scale subsistence farmers unable to compete with well-subsidized U.
Based on reported accounts of a Tibetan militia that volunteered to protect the herds from rapacious poachers in the 1990s, Lu Chuan's film may be an old-fashioned outdoor adventure.
Dr Elizabeth Weir (Torri Higginson) leads a new team of explorers on a mission to a deserted underwater city, where a rapacious enemy feeds on fear.
A hypervirulent disease, climate change, and rapacious hunting by humans newly arrived in the Western Hemisphere--alone or in combination--are often blamed for the megafauna die-offs at the end of the last ice age (SN: 12/4/99, p.
Escapees paid substandard wages often risked betrayal if they complained; a rapacious employer could always count on the reward money.