from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character of being predatory; inclination to prey or plunder.
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In contrast Loretta Ables Sayre gives a full-blooded performance as the Tonkinese pedlar, Bloody Mary, that brings out the character's sinister predatoriness.
Even the central narrative of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, in which a post-nuclear-holocaust world has unleashed human predatoriness, envisages a group that escapes savagery for a pacific way of life.
Five years older than the oldest of the other New Bedford girls and desperate for a man, Biddy had the coy predatoriness of one already treading the perilous line of old-maidhood that would drive away even the slightest expression of masculine interest.
Then business would increase in predatoriness until it eventually degenerated into a system of naked force, undisguised prerogative, and arbitrary command in which the businessman would give way to a recrudescence of the old warlord.
I am not pleading for the predatory rich, but only for the well-meaning persons in moderately comfortable circumstances, whose predatoriness has been suddenly revealed to them.
We have, in consequence, a society of thinly veneered predatoriness.