Search Result for "mercenary":
1. a person hired to fight for another country than their own;
[syn: mercenary, soldier of fortune]
1. marked by materialism;
[syn: materialistic, mercenary, worldly-minded]
2. serving for wages in a foreign army;
- Example: "mercenary killers"
[syn: mercenary(a), free-lance(a), freelance(a)]
3. profit oriented;
- Example: "a commercial book"
- Example: "preached a mercantile and militant patriotism"- John Buchan
- Example: "a mercenary enterprise"
- Example: "a moneymaking business"
[syn: mercantile, mercenary, moneymaking(a)]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Mercenary \Mer"ce*na*ry\, n.; pl. Mercenaries. One who is hired; a hireling; especially, a soldier hired into foreign service. --Milman. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Mercenary \Mer"ce*na*ry\, a. [OE. mercenarie, F. mercenaire, fr. L. mercenarius, fr. merces wages, reward. See Mercy.] 1. Acting for reward; serving for pay; paid; hired; hireling; venal; as, mercenary soldiers. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence: Moved primarily by considerations of pay or profit; greedy of gain; sordid; selfish. --Shak. [1913 Webster] For God forbid I should my papers blot With mercenary lines, with servile pen. --Daniel. [1913 Webster] Syn: See Venal. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
85 Moby Thesaurus words for "mercenary": a hog for, acquisitive, adventurer, all-devouring, assistant, avaricious, avid, bottomless, bought, bribable, chartered, condottiere, corrupt, corruptible, coveting, covetous, devouring, drudge, employed, employee, esurient, free lance, girl Friday, gluttonous, gobbling, grabby, grasping, greedy, grub, grubber, gun, gunman, hack, hired, hired gun, hired hand, hired killer, hired man, hireling, hoggish, insatiable, insatiate, leased, let, limitless, man Friday, miserly, money-hungry, money-mad, myrmidon, omnivorous, on the take, overgreedy, paid, pensioner, piggish, predatory, professional killer, purchasable, quenchless, rapacious, ravening, ravenous, rented, right-hand man, slakeless, slavey, soldier of fortune, sordid, subleased, sublet, swinish, unappeasable, unappeased, unethical, unprincipled, unquenchable, unsated, unsatisfied, unscrupulous, unslakeable, unslaked, venal, voracious, worker