mercenary

Definitions

  • Hanno announcing to the Mercenaries the emptiness of the Public Coffers
    Hanno announcing to the Mercenaries the emptiness of the Public Coffers
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj mercenary profit oriented "a commercial book","preached a mercantile and militant patriotism"- John Buchan","a mercenary enterprise","a moneymaking business"
    • adj mercenary serving for wages in a foreign army "mercenary killers"
    • adj mercenary marked by materialism
    • n mercenary a person hired to fight for another country than their own
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mercenary Acting for reward; serving for pay; paid; hired; hireling; venal; as, mercenary soldiers.
    • Mercenary Moved primarily by considerations of pay or profit; greedy of gain; sordid; selfish. "For God forbid I should my papers blot
      With mercenary lines, with servile pen."
    • n Mercenary One who is hired; a hireling; especially, a soldier hired into foreign service.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mercenary Working or acting for reward; hired; serving only for gain; selling one's services to the highest bidder.
    • mercenary Hence Venal; sordid; actuated only by hope of reward; ready to accept dishonorable gain: as, a mercenary prince or judge; a mercenary disposition.
    • mercenary Pertaining or due to hope of gain or reward; done, given, etc., in return for hire; resulting from sordid motives: as, mercenary services; a mercenary act.
    • mercenary Synonyms Hireling, etc. See venal.
    • n mercenary A person who works for pay: especially, one who has no higher motive to work than love of gain.
    • n mercenary Specifically, a soldier in foreign service; a professional soldier. This term became common during the long wars of the years immediately following the middle ages, when professional soldiers who served any one who would pay them were contrasted with those who still followed their feudal superiors.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Mercenary mėr′se-nar-i hired for money: actuated by the hope of reward: greedy of gain: sold or done for money
    • n Mercenary one who is hired: a soldier hired into foreign service
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. mercenarie, F. mercenaire, fr. L. mercenarius, fr. merces, wages, reward. See Mercy

Usage

In literature:

This discovery, in breaking off all hopes of a union with Lady Mary Stanville, had crushed more than mercenary expectations.
"Lucretia, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Nor were my requirements mercenary or presumptuous.
"A Strange Story, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
If he entertain but mercenary views, I shall soon detect them.
"My Novel, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The mercenaries called to mind the woful state of Henry's exchequer in the former time.
"The Last Of The Barons, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Now, to do Rameau justice, he was by no means an avaricious or mercenary man.
"The Parisians, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
She'd be eternally grateful, and her head wouldn't be full of mercenary nonsense.
"The Deluge" by David Graham Phillips
Oh, Lord, Lord, how mercenary they are!
"The Virginians" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Base, sordid, mercenary speculations would intrude themselves.
"A Man of Means" by P. G. Wodehouse and C. H. Bovill
She was not mercenary, but there had been so much at stake.
"Thoroughbreds" by W. A. Fraser
There was nothing mercenary in his connection with politics.
"Biographical Sketches" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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In poetry:

SAY, cruel IRIS, pretty rake,
Dear mercenary beauty,
What annual offering shall I make,
Expressive of my duty?
"The Gift (To Iris, In Bow Street, Covent Garden)" by Oliver Goldsmith
Faith comes by hearing these reports;
Straight to the court of grace resorts,
And free of mercenary thoughts,
Gets royal bounty all for nought.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
"Welcome, mighty chief, once more
Welcome to this grateful shore;
Now no mercenary foe
Aims again the fatal blow,--
Aims at thee the fatal blow.
"Welcome, Mighty Chief, Once More" by Louisa May Alcott
These, in the day when heaven was falling,
The hour when earth's foundations fled,
Followed their mercenary calling
And took their wages and are dead.
"XXXVII: Epitaph On An Army of Mercenaries" by A E Housman
Feed thou the flock of Christ with care and zeal,
Not like a press'd, or mercenary slave —
And then — when he his glory shall reveal —
Thou shalt a crown, and envy'd honours have.
"The Duty Of Clergymen" by Rees Prichard
I think of Achilles, Sappho, the Nike. I think of those mercenaries
who marched in the heart of Asia
And lived to salute the sea: the lean faces like lance-heads, the
grace of panthers. The dull welter of Asia.
"Hellenistics" by Robinson Jeffers

In news:

Sylvester Stallone leads an all-star action film cast who play a team of mercenaries that take care of the big fish in The Expendables .
When the notion of working for nothing at all is too absurd for even the would-be shamers of the mercenaries to put forth, the next-best thing is to decry the amount of payment.
The fact of the matter is, most of us are mercenaries , whether we recognize it or not.
Entrepreneurs, he argued, could be broadly divided into two camps: mercenaries and missionaries.
Venezuela arrests US ' mercenary '.
Mercenaries on the hunt for Somalia's pirates.
Mercenaries —or as they prefer to be called, "private security organisations"—may finally play a helping role.
On the other hand, armed mercenaries are not scarecrows and will use force if necessary, so providing a good chance for "unfortunate accidents" in high seas.
Live Chat With an Academic Mercenary .
Erik Prince Renames Mercenary Firm.
Mercenary Firm Offers to 'Detain Troublemakers' on Election Day (Updated).
Blackwater Worldwide, the mercenary firm that has stirred up so much controversy in Iraq, now plans to open what appears to be a shooting range at 7685 Siempre Viva Road, about a block from the border.
Obama's Mercenary Position The Nation.
Mercenary Sunday The must-see (even if it is not worth watching) Super Bowl.
Some of the biggest names in action movie history are teaming up again for "The Expendables 2," a sequel to Sylvester Stallone's 2010 macho-fest about a team of mercenaries who (what else?
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