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 for predatory
From 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.
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     2. Hungry; ravenous; as, predatory spirits. [Obs.]
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              Exercise . . . maketh the spirits more hot and
              predatory.                            --Bacon.
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     3. (Zool.) Living by preying upon other animals; carnivorous.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      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,

From 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

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