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rapacious

(of animals, esp birds) subsisting by catching living prey
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A taint of imbecile rapacity blew through it all, like a whiff from some corpse.
In their habitual and mean service to the world, for which they forsake their native nobleness, they resemble those Arabian sheiks who dwell in mean houses and affect an external poverty, to escape the rapacity of the Pacha, and reserve all their display of wealth for their interior and guarded retirements.
Each was protesting against the rapacity of the other; and could the Corsican but have waited in prison until all these parties were by the ears, he might have returned and reigned unmolested.
While they are made to depict the motives and passions of men, they retain, in an eminent degree, their own special features of craft or counsel, of cowardice or courage, of generosity or rapacity.
Of all the deities worshipped in the temple, the moon-god alone escaped the rapacity of the conquering Mohammedans.
He died at fifty; all the years of his life he had panted under the thumb of masters whose rapacity exacted from him the price of the water, of the salt, of the very air he breathed; taxed the sweat of his brow and claimed the blood of his sons.
It was most probably owing to the former circumstance that the body had escaped the rapacity of the carrion birds, which had been seen hovering above the thicket, and the latter proved that life had not yet entirely abandoned the hapless victim when he entered the brake.
The servile rapacity of the French officials is sufficiently contemptible; but there is a surly boorish incivility about our men, alike disgusting to all persons who fall into their hands, and discreditable to the nation that keeps such ill-conditioned curs snarling about its gates.
Whether Noah Claypole, whose rapacity was none of the least comprehensive, would have acceded even to these glowing terms, had he been a perfectly free agent, is very doubtful; but as he recollected that, in the event of his refusal, it was in the power of his new acquaintance to give him up to justice immediately (and more unlikely things had come to pass), he gradually relented, and said he thought that would suit him.
The author seems to bring in front of the readers a character with a fundamentally negative structure: "in the memory of his contemporaries, Carol remained a man of unusual rapacity, of a stubbornness and diabolical perfidiousness, self-centered and lacking the most basic sense of loyalty, with an unhealthy penchant for debauchery and adventure, unrestrained and fickle, coward, paltry, showing an innate revulsion towards the popular masses, reactionary to the bone and with the manners of oriental despot.
Continuing to entice women with his usual rapacity, Don Giovanni is haunted by the ghost of the murdered man and decides to invite him to dinner.
He noted that the summit is convened to "counter the external rapacity targeting the region.