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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Living by seizing or taking prey; predatory.
  • adj. Given to victimizing, plundering, or destroying for one's own gain: "the most vicious, predacious, esurient and desperate elements of this society” ( Claude Brown).

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  • adj. Alternative spelling of predaceous.

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  • adj. living by or given to victimizing others for personal gain
  • adj. hunting and killing other animals for food

Etymologies

From Latin praedārī, to plunder; see predatory.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • "They suffer little more from the invading Yankees than do the proudest Mexicans. Indeed, the true conflict and injustice occur between the old Californians, Indian or Spanish, and the predacious vanguard of the Anglo-Saxon conquest."
    - Carl Van Doren, 'The American Novel'.

    September 20, 2009