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    rapaciousness
    [ noun ]
    1. extreme gluttony

    2. <noun.attribute>
    3. an excessive desire for wealth (usually in large amounts)

    4. <noun.attribute>
      the greediness of lawyers


    Rapacious \Ra*pa"cious\ (r[.a]*p[=a]"sh[u^]s), a. [L. rapax,
    -acis, from rapere to seize and carry off, to snatch away.
    See {Rapid}.]
    1. Given to plunder; disposed or accustomed to seize by
    violence; seizing by force. `` The downfall of the
    rapacious and licentious Knights Templar.'' --Motley.

    2. Accustomed to seize food; subsisting on prey, or animals
    seized by violence; as, a tiger is a rapacious animal; a
    rapacious bird.

    3. Avaricious; grasping; extortionate; also, greedy;
    ravenous; voracious; as, rapacious usurers; a rapacious
    appetite.

    [Thy Lord] redeem thee quite from Death's rapacious
    claim --Milton.

    Syn: Greedy; grasping; ravenous; voracious.
    -- {Ra*pa"cious*ly}, adv. --
    {Ra*pa"cious*ness}, n.

    1. The critics who deplore the rapaciousness with which the Americans consume the goods and services of a spendthrift economy fail to notice that the material acquisitions matter much less than the states of being that they supposedly announce and contain.
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