lucre

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lucre the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses)
    • n lucre informal terms for money
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lucre Gain in money or goods; profit; riches; -- often in an ill sense. "The lust of lucre and the dread of death."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lucre Gain in money or goods; profit: often, in a restricted sense, base or unworthy gain; money or wealth as the object of sordid greed; hence, greed.
    • lucre To gain.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lucre lū′kėr gain (esp. sordid gain): profit: advantage
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Quotations

  • Edward Dahlberg
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    “Those who write for lucre or fame are grosser than the cartel robbers, for they steal the genius of the people, which is its will to resist evil.”
  • Edward Dahlberg
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    “There is a strange and mighty race of people called the Americans who are rapidly becoming the coldest in the world because of this cruel, man-eating idol, lucre.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. lucre, L. lucrum,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. lucrum, gain.

Usage

In literature:

And you make it a den of assassins, and, with your passion for lucre, leave no place for men's souls.
"I.N.R.I." by Peter Rosegger
He peered round, searching for filthy lucre on all sides.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 110, December, 1866" by Various
If, however, hate instead of lucre bring the men together, that motive would be sufficient to make the game one of blood if not of death.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
The need of lucre never looms so large As when 'tis gotten in some devious way.
"Double Trouble" by Herbert Quick
Should it be said that an Armine came crouching for lucre, where he ought to have commanded for love?
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
At the tail of these came a party from the street of Lucre.
"The Sleeping Bard or, Visions of the World, Death, and Hell" by Ellis Wynne
But not for sordid lucre would the undaunted spirit of Meg compound her feud with her neighbours of the detested Well.
"St. Ronan's Well" by Sir Walter Scott
By being faithless to our most solemn trust, we could keep the filthy lucre.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
He had converted the power of his great place, that of Speaker of the House of Representatives, into lucre, and was exposed.
"Destruction and Reconstruction:" by Richard Taylor
Tilton lost the woman's love, and he would balm his lacerated heart with lucre!
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
How many of your sex have sold their honor for paltry lucre.
"The Young Maiden" by A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
Do I serve thee for lucre?
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
To the winds with base lucre and pale melancholy!
"Horace" by William Tuckwell
It was not the love of lucre which was to be read in those eyes, so much as the possessor's power of acquiring it.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
It is a work of love, not of lucre; and, as such, is commended to the brotherhood.
"Notes and Queries, No. 209, October 29 1853" by Various
These lacquer artists, as I have indicated, worked not for lucre, but for love.
"The Empire of the East" by H. B. Montgomery
Interview between Darby and Mr. Lucre CHAPTER XIII.
"Stories And Tales Of The Irish A Linked Index to the Project Gutenberg Editions" by William Carleton
Here are our instruments of deception, our poisoned sources of lucre.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
Other causes are added to lucre, or are the consequences of it.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
O heart, that is ever on lucre!
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 367, May 1846" by Various
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In poetry:

Still may the mourner, lavish of his tears
For lucre's venal need, invite my scorn!
Still may the bard, dissembling doubts and fears,
For praise, for flattery sighing, sigh forlorn!
"Elegy I. He Arrives at His Retirement in the Country" by William Shenstone
They spoke of Fortune, as some doubtful dame,
That sway'd the natives of a distant sphere;
From Lucre's vagrant sons had learn'd her fame,
But never wish'd to place her banners here.
"Elegy XV. In Memory of a Private Family in Worcestershire" by William Shenstone
Being falselye betrayed for lucre of hyre,
At length she was forced to make a retyre;
Then her souldiers into a strong castle drew shee:
Was not this a brave bonny lasse, Mary Ambree?
"Mary Ambree" by Andrew Lang
Being falselye betrayed for lucre of hyre,
At length she was forced to make a retyre;
Then her souldiers into a strong castle drew shee;
Was not this a brave bonny lasse, Mary Ambree?
"Mary Ambree" by Anonymous British
"Swear that no lucre shall thy zeal betray;
Swerve not thy foot with fortune's votaries more;
Brand thou their lives, and brand their lifeless day—"
The winning phantom urged me, and I swore.
"Elegy XIX. - Written in Spring, 1743" by William Shenstone
Let the world, and fuming, fretting,
Busy worldlings pass us by,
Bent on piles of lucre getting -
They shall lose it when they die;
Past and future, sweet! forgetting -
Seize the present ere it fly.
"While Yet We May" by Harry Breaker Morant

In news:

Dirty Cash, Dirty Minds: The Psychological Consequences Of Filthy Lucre .
How will Assembly candidate Allen spend his $70 filthy lucre .
Last night Donald Fagen and Walter Becker got dressed, walked down the street and made a little lucre playing the most cynical music ever.
Mark Jackson, Lucre : Every interaction is critical.
Mayor Bloomberg Opens His Manor To London Lucre .
Preening Prepsters Lure Ladies, Lucre and Limelight in Merry Manhattan.
Gender and lucre are battling in Fort Lauderdale, a half-hour north of Miami on Florida's East Coast.
Dirty Cash, Dirty Minds: The Psychological Consequences Of Filthy Lucre.
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In science:

D. Toma, G. Murariu, Fizică moleculară şi căldură – Lucrări de laborator, Ed. FundaŃiei “Dunărea de Jos”, GalaŃi, (2003) G.
A study of resistance forces
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