June 19, 2019
rapacious (adjective)
\ruh-PAY-shus\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : very greedy2 : predatory
How do you use it?
He has a rapacious appetite for danger, which is why he . . .
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Which of the sentence fragments below completes our example sentence properly?

The word "rapacious" appears in a few different contexts, but the construction "rapacious appetite for something" means that a person is very greedy or overly eager for that thing. In our example sentence, a person who is overly eager for danger may very well take up hang gliding. This is one of the most common uses of "rapacious," though you will also often see it to refer to animals that stalk prey ("rapacious lions") or people who are so greedy that they can be mean or merciless, like animals stalking prey ("a rapacious pirate known for his cruelty"). Correct answer: D
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