• WordNet 3.6
    • adj predatory 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"
    • adj predatory 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"
    • adj predatory characterized by plundering or pillaging or marauding "bands of marauding Indians","predatory warfare","a raiding party"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The berry butterflies (hypsa monycha) of Singapore, in their caterpillar stage, group around the top of a stem to foil predatory birds by imitating the appearance of a poisonous berry.
    • Predatory Characterized by plundering; practicing rapine; plundering; pillaging; as, a predatory excursion; a predatory party. "A predatory war."
    • Predatory Hungry; ravenous; as, predatory spirits. "Exercise . . . maketh the spirits more hot and predatory ."
    • Predatory (Zoöl) Living by preying upon other animals; carnivorous.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • predatory Plundering; pillaging; living by rapine or preying.
    • predatory Characterized by rapine; spent in plundering; devoted to pillaging.
    • predatory In zoology, habitually preying upon other animals; carnivorous or insectivorous, as a mammal; rapacious or raptorial, as a bird; adephagous, as an insect.
    • predatory Hungry; ravenous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Predatory plundering: characterised by plundering: living by plunder: ravenous
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  • Howard Scott
    Howard Scott
    “A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.”
  • Havelock Ellis
    “The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. praedatorius, fr. praedari, to plunder, fr. praeda, prey. See Prey
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. præda, booty.


In literature:

There are a few predatory animals and birds that destroy vast numbers of useful ones.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
His was a mind that seemed always in ambush, darting out on predatory expeditions and then vanishing back into obscurity.
"The Ghost Girl" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
All four took to the woods, and thereafter lived predatory lives.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
It is idle to protest against the outrageous excursions of his predatory humour.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
It is said that he instructed his people in their predatory excursions to spare the women and children.
"Southern Literature From 1579-1895" by Louise Manly
The magistrate put an end to its predatory career with a shot-gun.
"Where the Strange Trails Go Down" by E. Alexander Powell
To many the most surprising part of Yellowstone's wild-animal message is man's immunity from hatred and harm by predatory beasts.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
Revolutions are the stalking grounds of predatory power.
"The American Empire" by Scott Nearing
The nose was a salient feature, having about it a strong predatory suggestion.
"The Message" by Alec John Dawson
Was it fear of the predatory birds hovering above that was producing this change in their tactics?
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
Cattle in hundreds are destroyed by these great predatory animals; even full-grown horses are killed and dragged away by them!
"Bruin" by Mayne Reid
Simon of Sagan, the present Count, inherited in an unmodified degree the more predatory and uncivilized instincts of his forefathers.
"A Modern Mercenary" by Kate Prichard and Hesketh Vernon Hesketh-Prichard
In such soils, the wheat can be deeply sown by the drill, beyond the reach of predatory birds.
"Solaris Farm" by Milan C. Edson
Our predatory interests will seem to them gallant and strong.
"The Crow's Nest" by Clarence Day, Jr.
He voiced one cry, the challenging scream of a predatory killer, and went in among the men.
"Black Amazon of Mars" by Leigh Brackett
Alfie and Edie were two noises, acquiring with greater nearness the character of predatory birds.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
Losses are often experienced as the result of predatory animals.
"Ducks and Geese" by Harry M. Lamon
The coming of the Romans led to the opening up of new roads, and caused the building of walls of defence against predatory tribes.
"The Towns of Roman Britain" by James Oliver Bevan
Annandale represented the predatory rich.
"The Perfume of Eros: A Fifth Avenue Incident" by Edgar Saltus
The chief business of their Lamas is to pray and offer up sacrifices for the success of their predatory expeditions.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 2 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc

In poetry:

I saw his face!...Oh, what a man
His manhood should degrade,
And seek to rob (I checked a so
Except in honest trade!
A predatory face I saw
That showed no reverence for Law.
"Culture and Cops" by C J Dennis

In news:

He has called on legislative leaders and Gov John Kasich to end predatory leasing and to establish consumer rights for property owners.
CNBC Millionaires Don't Believe in Predatory Lending .
Sulfur is toxic to rust mites also but usually has a greater effect on predatory mites, allowing the pest mites to come back.
One way to stifle 'predatory behavior'.
A couple encounters with the Himalayan blackberry – one tasty, one scratchy – inspired our editorial Thursday on the predatory plant.
Predatory lending practice popular among whites, women.
A 150-million-year-old predatory dinosaur fossil points to evidence that dinosaurs evolving into birds were not the only ones to have feathers.
Level III Predatory Offender Relocation.
The Duluth Police Department would like to notify the public about the relocation of a Level III Predatory Offender, 30-year-old Dan Rico Sims.
Recent news and coverage of Predatory Priests.
Cracks down on predatory towing companies.
Photo illustration by Bumper DeJesus Authorities say predatory towing companies stake out parking lots and prey on unsuspecting motorists by using illegal tactics.
Now Gov Eliot Spitzer has written a commentary for The Washington Post on predatory lending.
' Predatory ' Online Journals Lure Scholars Who Are Eager to Publish.
Nature-starved New Yorkers Make Do With Predatory Bird Videos.

In science:

Note that we modeled the two different predatory losses of X as separate terms G and H because these losses can be assumed to arise independently of each other.
Generalized modeling of ecological population dynamics
Let us remark that the branching parameters in the model were defined such that the parameter δ separates the predatory losses of the resource from the intraspecific losses.
Generalized modeling of ecological population dynamics
Examples are cooperative hunting of predatory animals, group-based foraging of mammals or nest building of social insects .
Collective Energy Foraging of Robot Swarms and Robot Organisms
In fact, it is not hard to imagine a typical scenario where predatory individuals are preferentially concentrated around valued resources on Γ1 where the likelihood of prey is greatest.
Sup-norm estimates for parabolic systems with dynamic boundary conditions

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