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Wordnet 3.0

ADJECTIVE (3)

1. characterized by plundering or pillaging or marauding;
- Example: "bands of marauding Indians"
- Example: "predatory warfare"
- Example: "a raiding party"
[syn: marauding, predatory, raiding]

2. living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey;
- Example: "a predatory bird"
- Example: "the rapacious wolf"
- Example: "raptorial birds"
- Example: "ravening wolves"
- Example: "a vulturine taste for offal"
[syn: predatory, rapacious, raptorial, ravening, vulturine, vulturous]

3. living by or given to victimizing others for personal gain;
- Example: "predatory capitalists"
- Example: "a predatory, insensate society in which innocence and decency can prove fatal"- Peter S. Prescott
- Example: "a predacious kind of animal--the early geological gangster"- W.E.Swinton
[syn: predaceous, predacious, predatory]

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3 definitions retrieved:

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Predatory \Pred"a*to*ry\, a. [L. praedatorius, fr. praedari to plunder, fr. praeda prey. See Prey.] 1. Characterized by plundering; practicing rapine; plundering; pillaging; as, a predatory excursion; a predatory party. "A predatory war." --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. Hungry; ravenous; as, predatory spirits. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Exercise . . . maketh the spirits more hot and predatory. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 3. (Zool.) Living by preying upon other animals; carnivorous. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

predatory adj 1: characterized by plundering or pillaging or marauding; "bands of marauding Indians"; "predatory warfare"; "a raiding party" [syn: marauding, predatory, raiding] 2: 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: predatory, rapacious, raptorial, ravening, vulturine, vulturous] 3: 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, predatory]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

33 Moby Thesaurus words for "predatory": all-devouring, all-engulfing, avaricious, bloodsucking, carnivorous, despoiling, extortionate, grabby, grasping, greedy, larcenous, looting, lupine, marauding, parasitic, pillaging, plundering, plunderous, predacious, rapacious, raptorial, ravaging, ravening, ravenous, robbing, sharkish, spoliatory, thieving, usurious, voracious, vulturine, vulturous, wolfish