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Tuesday word: Predatory

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018

Predatory (adjective)
pred·a·to·ry [pred-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]

1. Zoology. preying upon other organisms for food.
2. of, pertaining to, or characterized by plunder, pillage, robbery, or exploitation: predatory tactics.
3. engaging in or living by these activities: predatory bands of brigands.
4. excessive or exploitive in amount or cost, as out of greed or to take advantage of consumers or patrons: predatory pricing.
5. acting with or possessed by overbearing, rapacious, or selfish motives: He was cornered at the party by a predatory reporter.

Related forms
pred·a·to·ri·ly, adverb
pred·a·to·ri·ness, noun
non·pred·a·to·ri·ly, adverb
non·pred·a·to·ri·lyness, noun
non·pred·a·to·ry, adjective
un·pred·a·to·ry, adjective

Related Words for predatory
rapacious, voracious, greedy, marauding, bloodthirsty, carnivorous, hungry, hunting, preying, thieving, predacious, raptorial, ravaging, ravening, vulturine, vulturous, wolfish

See more synonyms on
2, 3. rapacious.

Origin: From the Latin word praedātōrius, dating back to 1580–90. See predator, -tory

Examples from the Web for predatory
Contemporary Examples of predatory

Nonetheless, Washington has chosen to allow Chinese predatory behavior to continue.

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Sony Blames North Korea for Hacking, but Washington Left Them Completely Vulnerable
Gordon G. Chang
December 3, 2014

As he says, most men are not predatory sex pests, trying to force themselves on women, get a hand up her skirt, or cop a feel.

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Does California’s College Rape Bill Go Too Far In Regulating Sex?
Emma Woolf
June 23, 2014

Allegations that these two men are abusive and predatory have gone on for years now.

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Revenge on the Pervs: Why the Tide Is Finally Turning Against Dov Charney and Terry Richardson
Amanda Marcotte
June 20, 2014

This, it should be said, bears an eerie similarity to the targeted, predatory lending of the last decade.

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How We Built the Ghettos
Jamelle Bouie
March 13, 2014

How Rousseff's fall from grace will play into Brazil's predatory political scene is now an open question.

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Can Dilma Rousseff Recover?
August 24, 2013

Historical Examples of predatory
His courage might have been predatory, for he certainly liked to eat lobster.

Tales of Fishes
Zane Grey

See here, this creature, imperfect as it is, represents the predatory machine.

The Ideal
Stanley Grauman Weinbaum

But you can't take a predatory, savage pirate and love him into decency!

Cubs of the Wolf
Raymond F. Jones

It was the evening before his return to school, and there was a predatory look in his eye.

The Right Stuff
Ian Hay

What remembrances does this imply of the hunt, what of the predatory dark?

The Children
Alice Meynell
Tags: adj, adjective, p, wordsmith: simplyn2deep

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