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rapacious

(of animals, esp birds) subsisting by catching living prey
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I generally regained the consciousness of the external world on some pious phrase asserting the spiritual comfort of early mass, or on angry lamentations about the unconscionable rapacity of the dealers in fish and vegetables; for after mass it was Therese's practice to do the marketing for the house.
The Beagle was at the Falklands only during the summer, but the officers of the Adventure, who were there in the winter, mention many extraordinary instances of the boldness and rapacity of these birds.
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.
We know how she carried that plot through to the end; and we know that nothing but your death is wanted, at this moment, to crown her rapacity and her deception with success.
The object of man's brief rapacity and long indifference.
This raised concerns over the legislators' commitment to fighting corruption in the wake of their insatiable rapacity.
YOUTH FUNDAgain, in a country where a quarter of the budget sinks into an abyss every year, we seem to reserve the highest rapacity for anything meant for the youth National Youth Service, the Kenya Youth Fund, and so on.True, a third of all government tenders is reserved for the youth, women and people with disabilities.
Shubman Gill and Dinesh Kartik played steadily but both players' rapacity to add more scores to the scoreboard made them run for an 'unnecessary' extra single which got Shubman Gill run out.
In the entire period, we have in tangible terms been traumatised by many development challenges, mostly out of the rapacity of corrupt politicians and conscienceless public officials while our authentic values have been with disdain desecrated by the obnoxiousness and obscenity of foreign influences in every aspect of our national and public life.
It cannot happen on this planet with human beings - with their greed, their rapacity, their passions, their selfishness," he pointed out.
Adam Smith, considered the father of modern economics, wrote that human selfishness, rapacity, need for pillage crosses places and times: the crusaders were "the most destructive frenzy that ever befell the European nations" and they were spurred on by the merchant republics of Venice, Genoa and Pisa for whom the crusade "was a source of opulence." Smith's observation has been proved by later writers.
It's as if the Lady is warning materialistic Man his relentless exploitation of the Earth Mother's planetary resources will end in global disaster unless he repents of his rapacity.