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  • She is a rapacious land developer with no concern for the environment.
  • Government regulation softens the rapacious tendencies of capitalism.
  • In his opening address at the Fourth General Conference of Latin American Bishops (CELAM), the pope said the sects were like "rapacious wolves" devouring Latin American Catholics and "causing division and discord in our communities."
    Edward L. Cleary  --  Commonweal,  Nov 20, 1992  -- 11/12/07)
  • It makes him hated above all things ... to be rapacious, and to be a violator of the property and women of his subjects,
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince

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  • Pound for pound, a velociraptor was the most rapacious dinosaur that ever lived.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Confident, self-assured, real men who wouldn’t have forced her to pretend to be anything but her own perfect, rigid, demanding, brilliant, creative, fascinating, rapacious, megalomaniac self.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • His stare was calculated to wither me and Piedmont had risen to minuscule greatness by his uncanny ability to melt underlings or other prey with his rapacious glance.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Each name had been affixed on small cards by the orderly Yetta and attached to the respective doors, and with motive no more suspect than my usual rapacious curiosity I had late the night before, tiptoed about the floors and copied the names down.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Sow the same seed of rapacious license and oppression over again, and it will surely yield the same fruit according to its kind.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • There were two palaces and a vineyard behind the Palatine Hill; but in these days landed property had not much value, and the two palaces and the vineyard remained to the family since they were beneath the rapacity of the pope and his son.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • He spotted eagles, hawks, and falcons, along with countless greedy crows and their larger, dagger-beaked, blue-backed, rapacious cousin, the raven.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Slowly it floats more and more away, the water round it torn and splashed by the insatiate sharks, and the air above vexed with rapacious flights of screaming fowls, whose beaks are like so many insulting poniards in the whale.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Even a legacy as ugly as that of Cecil Rhodes—a nineteenth-century imperialist, white supremacist, and rapacious businessman—could be turned around and used by a person like me, someone Cecil Rhodes would’ve undoubtedly despised, to change the world that Rhodes and people like him had left for us.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • And again, the more rapacious this desire, the sooner it must eat up all the innocent sources of pleasure and pass on to those the Enemy forbids.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • Those were not the considerations that drove this rapacious beast from his den into the open!
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • When the tea-things were removed, and the card-tables placed, the ladies all rose, and Elizabeth was then hoping to be soon joined by him, when all her views were overthrown by seeing him fall a victim to her mother’s rapacity for whist players, and in a few moments after seated with the rest of the party.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Oh ye his wretched followers, who, rapacious, do prostitute for gold and silver the things of God that ought to be the brides of righteousness, now it behoves for you the trumpet sound, since ye are in the third pit!
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • She did, and when they left by the back stairs she could feel a large excitement blooming, like a rapacious and night-flowering vine, in her belly.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • ’Then,’ said Traddles, ’you must prepare to disgorge all that your rapacity has become possessed of, and to make restoration to the last farthing.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • She had forgotten the trinkets she had intended to hide and, with a sneer which she hoped was as eloquent as that pictured on Grandma Robillard’s face, she flung the articles to the floor and almost enjoyed the rapacious scramble that ensued.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • A taint of imbecile rapacity blew through it all, like a whiff from some corpse.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Here was neither guile nor rapacity.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • I will say this much for the nobility: that, tyrannical, murderous, rapacious, and morally rotten as they were, they were deeply and enthusiastically religious.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • And observe, cruel people, the violent, the rapacious, the Karamazovs are sometimes very fond of children.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Yossarian was warm when the cold weather came because of Orr’s marvelous stove, and he might have existed in his warm tent quite comfortably if not for the memory of Orr, and if not for the gang of animated roommates that came swarming inside rapaciously one day from the two full combat crews Colonel Cathcart had requisitioned — and obtained in less than forty-eight hours — as replacements for Kid Sampson and McWatt.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • To get money she began selling her old gloves, her old hats, the old odds and ends, and she bargained rapaciously, her peasant blood standing her in good stead.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • 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.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • 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.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • I promised the dear old faithful friend that I would write to her as soon as I arrived, and put the letter in a safe way to reach her; but in my own mind I resolved that not another cent of her hard earnings should be spent to pay rapacious slaveholders for what they called their property.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Yes, he would be kind—Lily, from the threshold, had time to feel—kind in his gross, unscrupulous, rapacious way, the way of the predatory creature with his mate.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • He had the face of a young wolf—thin, carnivorous, and rapacious.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • If his motive was rapaciousness and everything based on the act of murder, he also had a nature that felt the triumph of beating his way up to the highest air to which flesh and bone could rise.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The Spaniards have had a confused notion of this country, and have called it El Dorado; and an Englishman, whose name was Sir Walter Raleigh, came very near it about a hundred years ago; but being surrounded by inaccessible rocks and precipices, we have hitherto been sheltered from the rapaciousness of European nations, who have an inconceivable passion for the pebbles and dirt of our land, for the sake of which they would murder us to the last man.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Among the ladies who were most distinguished for this rapacious benevolence (if I may use the expression) was a Mrs. Pardiggle, who seemed, as I judged from the number of her letters to Mr. Jarndyce, to be almost as powerful a correspondent as Mrs. Jellyby herself.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Fortunately for those who pay their court through such foibles, a fond mother, though, in pursuit of praise for her children, the most rapacious of human beings, is likewise the most credulous; her demands are exorbitant; but she will swallow any thing; and the excessive affection and endurance of the Miss Steeles towards her offspring were viewed therefore by Lady Middleton without the smallest surprise or distrust.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • …Sufficient that thy prayers are heard; and Death, Then due by sentence when thou didst transgress, Defeated of his seisure many days Given thee of grace; wherein thou mayest repent, And one bad act with many deeds well done Mayest cover: Well may then thy Lord, appeased, Redeem thee quite from Death’s rapacious claim; But longer in this Paradise to dwell Permits not: to remove thee I am come, And send thee from the garden forth to till The ground whence thou wast taken, fitter soil.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Tell him that we yield to his rapacity, as in similar circumstances we should do to that of a literal robber.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • …the old demon, the ancient varicose and despairing Faustus fling his final main now with the Creditor’s band already on his shoulder, running his little country store now for his bread and meat, haggling tediously over nickels and dimes with rapacious and poverty-stricken whites and negroes, who at one time could have galloped for ten miles in any direction without crossing his own boundary, using out of his meagre stock the cheap ribbons and beads and the stale violently-colored candy…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • When Mr Carnegie rattled his millions in his pockets all England became one rapacious cringe.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • He will get the credit of your rapacity in money matters, as he has hitherto had the credit of mine.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • Even without a smuggler’s rapacious markups, the stuff’s more valuable than gold.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Thucydides had said the source of all evils was "a thirst of power, from rapacious and ambitious passions," and Adams agreed.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • It is difficult to describe the rapacity with which the American rushes forward to secure the immense booty which fortune proffers to him.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • To presume a want of motives for such contests as an argument against their existence, would be to forget that men are ambitious, vindictive, and rapacious.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • 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.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • I go to too much trouble in a world where success flows to those who rapaciously avoid trouble, but I can’t help it.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • His cruelty and rapacity had no other bounds than his cowardice, and he was afraid of the organised power of the Celebes men, only—till Jim came—he was not afraid enough to keep quiet.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • These are the foreign foes, whose impious band, Like that rapacious bird, infest our land: But soon, like him, they shall be forc’d to sea By strength united, and forego the prey.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • 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?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • A second later, there was a flare of light next to the wall behind the soldiers, and a huge roiling fireball, orange and sooty, raced through the clouds of flour, devouring the fine powder with rapacious greed and producing a sound like a hundred flags flapping in a high wind.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
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