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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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The money given to the two 'rapacious' immigration commissioners came in two tranches: P20 million first and then P30 million.
The rapacious horror of sex in the city, or such cultural reality as aptly described by Archbishop Chaput: "Contraceptive technology, precisely because of its impact on sexual intimacy, has subverted our understanding of the purpose of sexuality, fertility and marriage itself.
To become that, however, it will need to give up its comfortable melodrama of rapacious private companies bullying noble public institutions and stomping on plucky, underfunded citizens' groups.
It meant only that adoptive parents usually had to resort to a written testament and/or the transfer of property inter vivos in order to protect the child's property claims from potentially rapacious collateral kin.
It may appear that there is understanding but soon, again, some resonating blankness, some quotidian abyss, opens up like a rapacious mouth.
Reading literature, you see, doesn't do anything to make us more rapacious consumers.
I wonder why the Government has found it so easy to clamp down on money-lending companies yet finds itself dumbstruck and useless in the horrible face of bankers' serial rapacious greed?
Charter forests are already being condemned by environmental organizations as a giveaway to rapacious loggers who want to fell national forests.
He points out that the Koran requires humankind to be 'the stewards of the earth'(5) and suggests that this implies that, though we should not be ashamed of 'cultivating its resources and increasing its bounty', the pursuit should be 'that of a steward, not a rapacious exploiter, ie it is balanced with limits imposed on greed and personal ambition, to nurture the underlying sustaining system'.(6)
Eight decades of ever-stiffening prohibition of an ever-lengthening list of substances have inarguably succeeded in deterring some potential users simply by subjecting access to these substances to the ministrations of a violent and rapacious black market.
One of Clark's gifts is that his eye is so daring, rapacious, and thoroughly fixated that the boytown he continually contemplates seems to belong to him alone.
"The Jews were Christ killers," these rapacious, so-called Christians absolved themselves as they committed unspeakable crimes against the descendants many times removed from the time of Christ's life on earth.