Word + Quiz: rapacious

rapacious rə-ˈpā-shəs adjective

1. residing by preying on different animals particularly by catching residing prey

2. excessively grasping and greedy

three. devouring or craving meals in nice portions

The phrase rapacious has appeared in 47 articles on nytimes.com up to now 12 months, together with on Sept. 14 in “For His Subsequent Act, a Ukrainian Rock Star Appears to Politics” by Andrew E. Kramer:

KIEV, Ukraine — Within the midst of Ukraine’s revolution, the pop singer Svyatoslav I. Vakarchuk jumped onto a stage earlier than virtually 1 / 4 of one million protesters. With steam billowing from his mouth within the frigid air, he clenched a microphone wrapped in Ukraine’s blue and yellow flag and sang to his nation: “My darling! Stand up my expensive! Get up!”

…. His political clout is indeniable. Three of his songs, songs “Virtually Spring” and “With no Battle,” in addition to “Rise Up, My Pricey,” turned the protest anthems for 2 profitable avenue uprisings in Ukraine, in 2004 and 2014. However every time, he and tens of millions of Ukrainians turned disillusioned because the leaders they helped put into energy turned out to be as cynically rapacious as their predecessors.

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