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mercenary
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1  —as in:
a mercenary soldier
Definition a person hired to fight for a country other than their own
  • He enlisted as a mercenary.
mercenary = a person hired to fight for a country other than their own
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • For centuries, mercenaries were Switzerland's chief export good.
  • The armies of the French have thus become mixed, partly mercenary and partly national,
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • mercenary = foreigners hired to fight
  • On either side of him stood two armed security guys, some of the mortal mercenaries I'd seen in D.C.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan's Curse
  • mercenaries = people hired to fight for a country other than their own
  • He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to...
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • mercenaries = people hired to fight for a country other than their own
  • Mostly I saw monsters, but there were some human mercenaries in combat fatigues and demigods in armor, too.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • mercenaries = people hired to fight for a country other than their own
  • Above all, he was amazed to hear me talk of a mercenary standing army, in the midst of peace, and among a free people.
    Swift, Jonathan  --  Gulliver's Travels
  • You've made the great startling goddam discovery that the acting profession's loaded with mercenaries and butchers.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • "For example, why didn't the airplane company that makes money, the mercenaries, why didn't they pay for his flight?
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Maybe that's what the Silencers are: human mercenaries.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave

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2  —as in:
a mercenary attitude
Definition marked by materialism or a profit orientation
  • She has mercenary motives.
mercenary = marked by materialism or a profit orientation
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • My mind was never yet more mercenary.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • mercenary = concerned with money
  • But I do not approve of mercenary marriages.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • mercenary = made due to considerations of wealth
  • ...her literary dreams were as yet untainted by mercenary considerations.
    Montgomery, Lucy Maud  --  Anne of The Island
  • Who can say she has a mercenary motive in marrying him?
    Collins, Wilkie  --  The Haunted Hotel
  • I am the most mercenary little wretch that ever lived in the world.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Our Mutual Friend
  • Pray, my dear aunt, what is the difference in matrimonial affairs, between the mercenary and the prudent motive?
    Austen, Jane  --  Pride and Prejudice

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