Rapacity Ra*pac"i*ty (r[.a]*p[a^]s"[i^]*t[y^]), n. [L. rapacitas: cf. F. rapacit['e]. See {Rapacious}.] 1. The quality of being rapacious; rapaciousness; ravenousness; as, the rapacity of pirates; the rapacity of wolves. [1913 Webster]

2. The act or practice of extorting or exacting by oppressive injustice; exorbitant greediness of gain. ``The rapacity of some ages.'' --Sprat. [1913 Webster]

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