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rapacious

(of animals, esp birds) subsisting by catching living prey
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[3] It is said that some rapacious birds bring their prey alive to their nests.
His features, keen and regular, with an aquiline nose, and piercing black eyes; his high and wrinkled forehead, and long grey hair and beard, would have been considered as handsome, had they not been the marks of a physiognomy peculiar to a race, which, during those dark ages, was alike detested by the credulous and prejudiced vulgar, and persecuted by the greedy and rapacious nobility, and who, perhaps, owing to that very hatred and persecution, had adopted a national character, in which there was much, to say the least, mean and unamiable.
The great emporium of its commerce, the great reservoir of its wealth, lies every moment at the mercy of events, and may almost be regarded as a hostage for ignominious compliances with the dictates of a foreign enemy, or even with the rapacious demands of pirates and barbarians.
Even the rapacious birds appeared to comprehend the nature of the ceremony, for, mysteriously apprised that the miserable victim was now about to be abandoned by the human race, they once more began to make their airy circuits above the place, screaming, as if to frighten the kinsmen from their labour of caution and love.
The depopulated land is then recruited from the rapacious, hordes of enlightened individuals who settle themselves within its borders, and clamorously announce the progress of the Truth.
“The wolf of the forest is not more rapacious for his prey than that man is greedy of gold; and yet his glidings into wealth are subtle as the movements of a serpent.”
The question is now, not whether she is an innocent woman (I do not insist one way or the other--I do not wish to); but can her whole career justify such intolerable pride, such insolent, rapacious egotism as she has shown?
A poor, degraded, downtrodden, ignorant, superstitious people, they were; accustomed for generations to the heel of first one invader and then another and in the interims, when there were any, the heels of their feudal lords and their rapacious monarchs.
International award-winning author Dan Wick presents The Devil's Tale, a witty novel that dares to postulate the question: what if Lucifer were in fact a benevolent devil (if such a thing can be said to exist) who wished to save an increasingly despoiled Earth from the rapacious consumption of cruel and ruthless humans?
Bunk is what Ogle, a historian in Ames, Iowa, calls the familiar myth: thousands of local breweries making wonderful beer, destroyed first by Prohibition then by rapacious corporations until the beer resurrection of the 1980s.
The problem isn't the rapacious lawyers, though--it's the idiotic jurors.
In an age of increasingly rapacious globalization, this lowest common denominator thinking has also been reinforced by a more general erosion of regional identities and cultural nuances.