mercenary


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mer·ce·nar·y

 (mûr′sə-nĕr′ē)
adj.
1. Motivated solely by a desire for monetary or material gain.
2. Hired for service in a foreign army.
n. pl. mer·ce·nar·ies
1. One who serves or works merely for monetary gain; a hireling.
2. A professional soldier hired for service in a foreign army.

[Middle English mercenarie, a mercenary, from Old French mercenaire, from Latin mercēnnārius, from mercēs, wages, price.]

mer′ce·nar′i·ly adv.
mer′ce·nar′i·ness n.

mercenary

(ˈmɜːsɪnərɪ; -sɪnrɪ)
adj
1. influenced by greed or desire for gain
2. (Military) of or relating to a mercenary or mercenaries
n, pl -naries
3. (Military) a man hired to fight for a foreign army, etc
4. rare any person who works solely for pay
[C16: from Latin mercēnārius, from mercēs wages]
ˈmercenarily adv
ˈmercenariness n

mer•ce•nar•y

(ˈmɜr səˌnɛr i)

adj., n., pl. -nar•ies. adj.
1. working or acting merely for money or other reward; venal.
2. hired to serve in a foreign army.
n.
3. a soldier hired to serve in a foreign army.
4. any hireling.
[1350–1400; Middle English mercenarie < Latin mercēnnārius hired worker, akin to mercēs wage]
mer`ce•nar′i•ly (-ˈnɛər ə li) adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mercenary - a person hired to fight for another country than their own
adventurer, venturer - a person who enjoys taking risks
ninja - a member of the ninja who were trained in martial arts and hired for espionage or sabotage or assassinations; a person skilled in ninjutsu
Adj.1.mercenary - marked by materialismmercenary - marked by materialism    
worldly, secular, temporal - characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world; "worldly goods and advancement"; "temporal possessions of the church"
2.mercenary - serving for wages in a foreign army; "mercenary killers"
paid - marked by the reception of pay; "paid work"; "a paid official"; "a paid announcement"; "a paid check"
3.mercenary - profit orientedmercenary - profit oriented; "a commercial book"; "preached a mercantile and militant patriotism"- John Buchan; "a mercenary enterprise"; "a moneymaking business"
commercial - connected with or engaged in or sponsored by or used in commerce or commercial enterprises; "commercial trucker"; "commercial TV"; "commercial diamonds"

mercenary

noun
1. hireling, freelance (History), soldier of fortune, condottiere (History), free companion (History) In the film he plays a brutish, trigger-happy mercenary.
adjective
1. greedy, grasping, acquisitive, venal, avaricious, covetous, money-grubbing (informal), bribable Despite his mercenary motives, he is not a cynic.
greedy liberal, generous, benevolent, idealistic, altruistic, philanthropic, unselfish, munificent
2. hired, paid, bought, venal The mercenary soldier is not a valued creature.

mercenary

adjective
Ruthlessly seeking personal advantage:
Informal: crooked.
noun
A freelance fighter:
Translations
مادّي، يَهُمُّه كَسْب المالمُرْتَزِق
mercenari
žoldnéřzištnýžoldák
beregnendelejesoldat
palkkasotilaspalkkasoturirahanahne
plaćenicaplaćenik
zsoldoszsoldoskatonakalmárszellemû
mála-, málaliîa-málaliîi
傭兵
savanaudiškas
algotņimantkārīgsnaudaskārs
huurling
najemnik
zištnýžoldnier
para canlısıparacıparalı asker

mercenary

[ˈmɜːsɪnərɪ]
A. ADJmercenario
B. Nmercenario/a m/f

mercenary

[ˈmɜːrsɪnəri]
adj [person] → mercenaire; [motives, considerations, reasons] → mercantile
n (= soldier) → mercenaire m

mercenary

adj
persongeldgierig; his motives were purely mercenaryer tat es nur des Geldes wegen; don’t be so mercenarysei doch nicht so hinter dem Geld her (inf)
(Mil) → Söldner-; mercenary armySöldnerarmee f
nSöldner(in) m(f)

mercenary

[ˈmɜːsɪnrɪ]
1. adj (person) → mercenario/a; (motive) → venale
2. nmercenario

mercenary

(ˈməːsinəri) adjective
too strongly influenced by desire for money. a mercenary attitude.
nounplural ˈmercenaries
a soldier from one country who hires his services to another country. Mercenaries are fighting in Africa.
References in classic literature ?
Now I know Mother will shake her head, and the girls say, "Oh, the mercenary little wretch
This body of soldiery -- which still sustains a corporate existence, and marches down from past ages with an ancient and honourable fame -- was composed of no mercenary materials.
Well then, on that mercenary ground, will you agree to let me hector a little?
She had set a new value on herself in his mercenary eyes.
It was famous, too, for the pillory, a wise old institution, that inflicted a punishment of which no one could foresee the extent; also, for the whipping-post, another dear old institution, very humanising and softening to behold in action; also, for extensive transactions in blood-money, another fragment of ancestral wisdom, systematically leading to the most frightful mercenary crimes that could be committed under Heaven.
As I have mentioned to Miss Trotwood, I am actuated by no mercenary considerations; few men are less so, I believe; but Mr.
The rest of Prince John's retinue consisted of the favourite leaders of his mercenary troops, some marauding barons and profligate attendants upon the court, with several Knights Templars and Knights of St John.
Above all, he was amazed to hear me talk of a mercenary standing army, in the midst of peace, and among a free people.
Callicrates and other popular leaders became mercenary instruments for inveigling their countrymen.
The improbability of such a mercenary and perfidious combination of the several members of government, standing on as different foundations as republican principles will well admit, and at the same time accountable to the society over which they are placed, ought alone to quiet this apprehension.
It had never dawned upon him that this shiftless, thriftless, worthless, sponging parasite was yet, after and in spite of all, not mercenary in the issue of his thoughts; yet so it was.
Oh, what a detestable crew they are, these mercenary speculators