Crossword clues for predatory
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Predatory \Pred"a*to*ry\, a. [L. praedatorius, fr. praedari to plunder, fr. praeda prey. See Prey.]
Characterized by plundering; practicing rapine; plundering; pillaging; as, a predatory excursion; a predatory party. ``A predatory war.''
Hungry; ravenous; as, predatory spirits. [Obs.]
Exercise . . . maketh the spirits more hot and predatory.
(Zo["o]l.) Living by preying upon other animals; carnivorous.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1580s, "involving plundering," from Latin praedatorius "pertaining to plunder," from praedator "plunderer," from praedor "to plunder," from praeda "prey" (see prey (n.)). Of animals, from 1660s.
a. 1 Of, or relating to a predator. 2 Living by preying on other living animals. 3 (context figuratively English) exploiting or victimizing others for personal gain.
living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey; "a predatory bird"; "the rapacious wolf"; "raptorial birds"; "ravening wolves"; "a vulturine taste for offal" [syn: rapacious, raptorial, ravening, vulturine, vulturous]
living by or given to victimizing others for personal gain; "predatory capitalists"; "a predatory, insensate society in which innocence and decency can prove fatal"- Peter S. Prescott; "a predacious kind of animal--the early geological gangster"- W.E.Swinton [syn: predaceous, predacious]
Usage examples of "predatory".
Closer, however, to our purpose is the leadership taken by the new federal judiciary in asserting the availability against predatory state legislation of extra-constitutional principles sounding in Natural Law.
There would be no civil war if the exploiters who have carried mankind to the very brink of ruin had not prevented every forward step of the laboring masses, if they had not instigated plots and murders and called to their aid armed help from outside to maintain or restore their predatory privileges.
Republic, upon the ruins of the predatory monarchy of their exploiting and land-monopolizing rulers.
Fedya himself at the head of the scout party, slightly hunched over the shaggy mane of his pacer, resembled a predatory pangolin wriggling towards a fat fly entangled in the grass.
There stood before me insolently the beautiful, predatory girl who had come so long ago to the Sardar to exploit Priest-Kings.
The thinko scans it and tells him that it is a representative of an unknown species belonging to the saurischian order and it is almost certainly predatory.
Predatory and scavenging dinosaurs may have found good hunting for fish or amphibians in streams and lakes, and for small prey on the shores.
She looked at the subdolous, pale-green eyes, with their predatory restlessness, at the square-blocked, flaccid jaw, and the beefy, animal-like massiveness of the strong neck, at the huge form odorous of gin and cigar smoke, and the great, hairy hands marked with their purplish veinings.
It took a heartbeat or two to realize the predatory man with the slashing eyes was teasing her.
Grizzly bears can also be predatory, capturing salmon, small animals like ungulate mammal calves from deer or elk, and other smaller animals they can catch.
Colonel Galpa in mind of portraits he had seen of the old Spanish courtthe mouth of a voluptuary, vaguely predatory and given to expressions of contempt.
After it was allover and C-12 was walking away with her, I was no longer under the influence and I could see there was something hard and overblown about her--a kind of unlovely and predatory gleam in her eye.
Where lay safety in this predatory jungle aprowl with unknown dangers and festering with poison?
But their wants soon reduced them to stock-raiding and other predatory practices, with the result that in the end the whole countryside made common cause against them, and so the last phase of the fratricidal struggle deteriorated into a man hunt away in the backblocks north of Perth and the southern districts, full of heroic incidents, but devoid of historical interest except as far as serving, by reason of its sordidness and cruelty, to extinguish thoroughly any lingering sympathy which the coastal population might still cherish for the lost cause of Western Australia.
The American Civil War Centennial had bred a thriving market for shooting reproductions of nineteenth-century caplock weaponsranging up from Philadelphia derringers to full-size field cannonand his firm had sent him over to try to strike a deal with certain of his contacts in the Italian arms manufactories involving production of these reproduction weapons at a cost less than that charged to them by American arms companies, with their millstones of higher overheads and production costs, and grasping, predatory unions.