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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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One may easily envisage problems arising from energetic, supercentenarian tycoons, in the mould of the media magnate Rupert Murdoch, relentlessly and rapaciously expanding their business empires, and concentrating power in their hands.
Their close proximity in the workplace, and the fact that Bob and Madge frequently come into contact where, as Bob terms it, she "performs" her fear of him, pushes him unwillingly into the stereotypical role of a black man rapaciously desiring a white woman.
And as the book progresses, and characters with at least talents capable of being squandered are succeeded by Stakhanovites like Bart Kahane, who markets art for parvenus in need (187-88), parasites like Anton Harley, who regurgitates William Carlos Williams as rapaciously as he feeds on foods he allegedly fornicates (167), and consumers like Dick Detective, who doesn't fail at art as much as not write it (235), the sexual sellout that opens the book's series of aesthetic sellouts comes to seem a phenomenon of endemic proportions.
Our rapaciously consumerist society has given rise to frequent invitations to preorder something: "They're not released yet, but you can preorder any of these upcoming titles
He criticizes "plaintiffs' lawyers" as rapaciously pursuing class certification because it represents a "pot-of-gold-at-the-end-of-the-rainbow" type of litigation--potentially lucrative for attorneys well-schooled in the huge paydays that come from class judgments (usually pretrial settlements).
Whereas modern-day politicians, entranced by the "war on drugs," rapaciously violate "the inward domain of consciousness" (13) by imposing ever more drug prohibitions and placing hundreds of thousands of citizens behind bars for drug offenses, On Liberty powerfully avows that a government grossly exceeds its legitimate power when it interferes with matters of the mind and the interior condition of its citizenry.
Andersen's troubles are not because it's any different from the other four; it simply had the misfortune of having a client whose shenanigans were so complex and rapaciously ambitious that its calculations were apparently beyond Andersen's ken.
Harris says that the problems Rhode finds in modern law firm practice--that it is obsessively competitive, bottom-line-driven, rapaciously time-consuming, and indifferent to public values and civic commitments--are merely symptoms of much broader trends, the "turbo-capitalism," uncritical worship of markets, and degradation of civic culture of our times.
Its opulent forests are rapaciously felled, its rivers and oceans polluted, its already degraded soils worked lifeless, its delicate envelope of atmosphere--the very basis for life on this planet--is contaminated.
healthcare as it operates within a rapaciously capitalistic economy is that, given the core services it offers, profit cannot be its primary driver.
So contrived is the crime of money laundering that, to win public acquiescence, the popular imagination had to be stoked by conjuring up an image of great crime "cartels" dripping filthy lucre as they rapaciously eyed the commanding heights of the legitimate economy.
Both the family and the novel's events oscillate between Helsinki and the nearby coastal town of Raberga, which by the end of the account has become swallowed up by the rapaciously expanding, commercialized capital and its predominantly Finnish-speaking populace.