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.