Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Eagerness for plunder; rapacity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Greedily devouring; rapacious.
  • noun Eagerness for plunder; rapacity; extortion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Voracious and greedy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective devouring or craving food in great quantities
  • adjective excessively greedy and grasping
  • adjective living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey

Etymologies

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Present participle of the obsolete verb raven "to prey".

Examples

  • Crigolit and Ashregan were prepared to beat back surgical thrusts by small groups of fast-moving troops, not the kind of ravening firepower which the at­tackers now brought to bear.

    The False Mirror

  • Crigolit and Ashregan were prepared to beat back surgical thrusts by small groups of fast-moving troops, not the kind of ravening firepower which the at'tackers now brought to bear.

    The False Mirror

  • This was not done because she thought that, were Mr. Wilders to have his say, the streets of England would at once be laid waste by hordes of ravening Muslims bent on murder and mayhem.

    Archive 2009-02-08

  • Combing through everything Sotomayor has uttered since Grade Two, the ravening Right managed to find this:

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • This was not done because she thought that, were Mr. Wilders to have his say, the streets of England would at once be laid waste by hordes of ravening Muslims bent on murder and mayhem.

    The Home Secretary Is Also Stupid

  • Viking glyphs of ravening bears decorated the rafters and doors.

    Dreams of a Dark Warrior

  • Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Viking glyphs of ravening bears decorated the rafters and doors.

    Dreams of a Dark Warrior

  • But already the ravening hunger that forced Saehrimnir from his sun-soaked, renewing sleep was threatening to tear out his insides.

    The Pig’s End « A Fly in Amber

  • We stared at it, as if expecting it to spilt open and disgorge a few ravening werewolves.

    Guardian young arts critic competition: 2010 winning entries

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  • Mrs. Lynde on college students: "Outwardly they may be as whited sepulchres and inwardly as ravening wolves, that's what" (Anne of the Island).

    May 26, 2009