Rapacious

By Deane Barker

Definition: Greedy. Obsessed with acquiring money or possessions.

It’s from the base word “rapine,” which means “to seize” in Latin. A few words in Latin that being “rap-” have similar meanings.

  • rapina: robbery
  • rapere: to snatch
  • rape: forcible sexual contact

Why I Looked It Up

In an episode of Buck Rogers, a race of aliens was described as “the most rapacious savages in the galaxy.”

Postscript

Added on 2023-0706

From The Tyranny of Clichés:

It was Hofstadter who argued that the robber barons had found an ideological rationalization for their rapacious ways in Social Darwinism.

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