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1. Living or characterized by preying on other animals: a predatory insect; predatory instincts.
a. Living or characterized by plundering, pillaging, or marauding.
b. Living or characterized by the exploitation of others for personal gain: predatory business practices.

[Latin praedātōrius, plundering, from praedārī, to plunder, from praeda, booty; see ghend- in Indo-European roots.]

pred′a·to′ri·ly adv.
pred′a·to′ri·ness n.
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Especially arresting, he contends, is the way the "sightlines irrevocably draw the viewer's gaze to the buttocks of the youth," together with the manner in which "the intense gazes of the group of male spectators," guided by the rug on which the child stands and the position of the flute, "converge on the boy's unseen penis." This highly directed sightline, Boone states, ensures the collapse of the distance between the intrigued Western viewer and the Eastern male figures' consumption of the snake charmer's prepubescent privates: "Just as the [male spectators'] eyes are predatorily directed to the boy's genitals, our eyes are directed toward the boy's buttocks" (343).
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