rapacious - vocabulary

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Disposed to seize by violence or by unlawful or greedy methods; extremely greedy, predatory, extortionate.
The American goes to Paris, always has, and comes back and tells his neighbor, always does, how exorbitant and inhospitable it is, how rapacious and selfish and unaccommodating and unresponsive it is, how dirty and noisy it is—and the next summer his neighbor goes to Paris.

—Milton Meyer “Paris as a State of Mind” New York Times, June 9, 1985

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