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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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Against ideologies that posit state power as a neutral or even benevolent force arising of necessity against the rapaciousness of the market, Novak observed instead that it was democratic capitalism that arose first as a system designed to check the invasiveness of state tyranny.
The fact that Luxton had thwarted the control of the Free Press, said the commentary, provided "a thrill of pleasure to think that the unholy combination of the corrupt Greenway government and CPR with its mealy-mouthed and sycophantic Free Press with all their power and gold, cannot in this free country cover up the unexampled rapaciousness of one and the thieving corruption of the other.
The soldierly masculinity that Munro's narrative develops also offers a way of understanding the British nation and empire in terms of a particular form of emotional manliness with its pointed distinction between proper military heroism and patriotism, on the one hand, and mere imperial rapaciousness, on the other.
The lagoon represents one of the sacred places in the world that is responsible for the planet's fruitfulness, and the subsequent slaughter of the whales by many ships, until the lagoon is no more than a backwater surrounded by abandoned shacks and rendering equipment, represents the depredations carried out by industry and more generally by the thoughtless rapaciousness of the capitalist West.
Driven by wild appetite and rapaciousness, the monster trampled over women, children and men in his frantic rush to seize everything in his way.
This is a an example of a "because I'm worth it" world in which self-interest and rapaciousness outweigh any sense of politeness, kindness or consideration.
The wolf is an animal associated with transformation, rapaciousness, and with the human terror of the natural world.
Still, Habima should be barred even though the court scene (Act 4 Sc 1) is damning of Israel when interpreted from a perspective of the Shylockian rapaciousness for Palestinian land, although, in the process of theft, unlike Shylock, Israel doesn't hesitate to draw Palestinian blood including the blood of 352 children in Operation Cast Lead .
In it, the putatively white speaker, who otherwise exalts Southernness in the poem, uses the term "freebooter," a term connoting rapaciousness and illicitness, to describe the only other presumably white figure in the poem.
Critics also blame what they consider China's resource rapaciousness and self-interested trade practices for serious environmental degradation.
Such rapaciousness was widely accepted as a normal consequence of war, as though, quite apart from its apparent hardships, war itself justified the descent into barbarism.
Its democratic posturing has been unmasked as cynical political theater, its claim to desire a European future for Ukraine's people revealed to be a lie, and the rapaciousness of its kleptocrats has been laid bare.