Rapacious vs Plunderous - What's the difference?

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Rapacious is a synonym of plunderous.


As adjectives the difference between rapacious and plunderous

is that rapacious is voracious; avaricious while plunderous is by nature or otherwise characteristically tending to plunder.

rapacious

English

Adjective

(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.

    Synonyms

    * See also

    plunderous

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • By nature or otherwise characteristically tending to plunder.
  • Piracy is an utterly plunderous business

    Synonyms

    * rapacious