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Meaning of MERCENARY

Pronunciation:  'mursu`neree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a person hired to fight for another country than their own
  2. [adj]  profit oriented; "a commercial book"; "preached a mercantile and militant patriotism"- John Buchan; "a mercenary enterprise"; "a moneymaking business"
  3. [adj]  marked by materialism

MERCENARY is a 9 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: commercial, materialistic, mercantile, moneymaking(a), soldier of fortune, worldly, worldly-minded
 See Also: adventurer, venturer



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    2. Hence: Moved by considerations of pay or profit; greedy of
       gain; sordid; selfish. --Shak.
             For God forbid I should my papers blot With
             mercenary lines, with servile pen.    --Daniel.
    Syn: See {Venal}.
  2. \Mer"ce*na*ry\, n.; pl. {Mercenaries}.
    One who is hired; a hireling; especially, a soldier hired
    into foreign service. --Milman.
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