Rapacious vs Larcenous - What's the difference?

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Rapacious is a related term of larcenous.

As adjectives the difference between rapacious and larcenous

is that rapacious is voracious; avaricious while larcenous is given to larceny, tending to thievery.




(en adjective)
  • Voracious; avaricious.
  • * 1787 , :
  • To presume a want of motives for such contests [of power between states] as an argument against their existence, would be to forget that men are ambitious, vindictive, and rapacious .
  • Given to taking by force or plundering; aggressively greedy.
  • * 1910 , :
  • A Prince [...] sooner becomes hated by being rapacious and by interfering with the property and with the women of his subjects, than in any other way.
  • Subsisting off live prey.
  • * 1827 , :
  • Even the rapacious birds appeared to comprehend the nature of the ceremony, for [...] they once more began to make their airy circuits above the place [...]

    Usage notes

    * The use of this term for animals other than birds is dated.


    * See also




    (en adjective)
  • Given to larceny, tending to thievery.
  • Resembling theft, often applied to legal actions that seem unfair.
  • :These late fees are larcenous . I should have read the fine print before signing.
  • Derived terms

    * larcenously