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as in: a mercenary soldier Define
a person hired to fight for a country other than their own
  • He enlisted as a mercenary.
  • For centuries, mercenaries were Switzerland’s chief export good.

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  • The armies of the French have thus become mixed, partly mercenary and partly national,
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • Mostly I saw monsters, but there were some human mercenaries in combat fatigues and demigods in armor, too.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • 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
  • He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to...
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • Plenty of Martials roam the south as merchants, mercenaries, and craftsmen.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Maybe that’s what the Silencers are: human mercenaries.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • One of the mercenaries spoke up.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • They even hired mortal mercenaries.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo

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  • The three mercenaries looked ready to boil someone alive, and then there were the two shackled murderers.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • The mercenaries who had restored the authority of the central government had been quartered there; now the palace was an army barracks.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Perhaps Galbatorix hired mercenaries to harass us.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • One of the mercenaries we knocked over was trying to get this blade from our dead Fremen friend.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Not only had Redd been banished from Wonderland years ago, forced to live in a grubby fortress on Mount Isolation in the middle of the Chessboard Desert-acres of icy snow alternating with acres of tar and black rock, forming what looked from the air like a giant chessboard-not only this, but she’d had to piece together a military force out of deserters, mercenaries, cutthroats.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • …in ambush behind the gate;—whether Miss Havisham, preferring to take personal vengeance for an outrage done to her house, might rise in those grave-clothes of hers, draw a pistol, and shoot me dead:—whether suborned boys—a numerous band of mercenaries—might be engaged to fall upon me in the brewery, and cuff me until I was no more;—it was high testimony to my confidence in the spirit of the pale young gentleman, that I never imagined him accessory to these retaliations; they always…
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • You’ve made the great startling goddam discovery that the acting profession’s loaded with mercenaries and butchers.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • Someone suggested that mercenaries be sent over to the Howard barn to forcibly haul Smith into the office.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • First she read about the mercenaries.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • The leaders of the mercenaries received a donation in gold; an argument the most persuasive to their minds, and without which all others would have proved in vain.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Neckties had been required six days a week when Langdon attended Phillips Exeter Academy, and despite the headmaster’s romantic claims that the origin of the cravat went back to the silk fascalia worn by Roman orators to warm their vocal cords, Langdon knew that, etymologically, cravat actually derived from a ruthless band of "Croat" mercenaries who donned knotted neckerchiefs before they stormed into battle.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • …a nickering which, in extreme cases, was attended by such a shower of sparks as to make the struggling knights seem perfectly incandescent Wherever you went, during the first years, every vista had been terminated by a marching column of mercenaries, robbing and piling from the Marches—or by a knight of the new order exchanging buffets with a conservative baron whom he was trying to restrain from murdering serfs—or by a golden-haired maiden being rescued out of some lofty keep by means…
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Wendigo, as bad as they are, are little more than mercenaries.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • After a lifetime in service to the nation, here we sit like primitive mercenaries.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • The mercenaries of the Herods I do not count, for they are kept to crush us.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Although banks do not routinely send mercenaries to collect your ship.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • "Thunder chariot!" cried one of the mercenaries, making a sign with his hand.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • — The others were as choice a lot of mercenaries as ever graced a dungeon, each uglier than the last.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • A minority of CITIZENS can become a majority of PEOPLE by adding alien residents, mercenaries, or people in the State without voting rights.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • A vast British armada was reported under way across the Atlantic and there were ominous rumors of the King hiring an army of German mercenaries.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • One of the men told the chief that the only way we could possess such foreign cassettes was either by having looted them or if we were mercenaries.
    Ishmael Beah  --  A Long Way Gone
  • It occurs to me that, just as the Carthaginians hired mercenaries to do their fighting for them, we Americans bring in mercenaries to do our hard and humble work.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • He had confirmed that he was committing land and sea forces—as well as unnamed foreign mercenaries—sufficient to put an end to that rebellion, and he had denounced the leaders of the uprising for having American independence as their true objective, something those leaders themselves had not as yet openly declared.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • Two publications lay beside the computer station at which Blick had been working: one issue each of Wired, featuring yet another major article about the visionary splendiferousness of Bill Gates, and a magazine aimed at former Special Forces officers who wished to make horizontal career moves from military service into jobs as paid mercenaries.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • Mercenaries?
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • "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
  • …tumbling body, the rush of friend and foe thither, The siege of revolted lieges determin’d for liberty, The summons to surrender, the battering at castle gates, the truce and parley, The sack of an old city in its time, The bursting in of mercenaries and bigots tumultuously and disorderly, Roar, flames, blood, drunkenness, madness, Goods freely rifled from houses and temples, screams of women in the gripe of brigands, Craft and thievery of camp-followers, men running, old persons…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • These boys are no mercenaries, look at them.
    Ishmael Beah  --  A Long Way Gone
  • The Justice motioned to the mercenaries.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • This the mercenaries did with rough efficiency.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • It occurs to me that, just as the Carthaginians hired mercenaries to do their fighting for them, we Americans bring in mercenaries to do our hard and humble work.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Roent and the mercenaries were willing to leave me alone.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I was riding with one of the mercenaries, absently peeling the bark from a willow switch.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • The two mercenaries turned and raised eyebrows at each other.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Nor was there to be any mention of Scottish mercenaries, James Wilson and John Witherspoon both being Scots.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • "Mercenaries," Zoe said bitterly.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • I say, therefore, that the arms with which a prince defends his state are either his own, or they are mercenaries, auxiliaries, or mixed.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • He sent a message to Colonel Yenyi telling him to stay at the barracks and to welcome the commander of the mercenaries.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • At least five different organizations had sent soldiers-for-hire into the city, including Israeli mercenaries from a firm called Instinctive Shooting International.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • From Mahesh and Shoba I had heard dreadful stories of that time, of casual killings over many months by soldiers and rebels and mercenaries, of people trussed up in disgusting ways and being made to sing certain songs while they were beaten to death in the streets.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
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as in: a mercenary attitude Define
marked by materialism or a profit orientation
  • She has mercenary motives.
  • My mind was never yet more mercenary.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice

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  • But I do not approve of mercenary marriages.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • ...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
  • Pray, my dear aunt, what is the difference in matrimonial affairs, between the mercenary and the prudent motive?
    Austen, Jane  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • I am the most mercenary little wretch that ever lived in the world.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Our Mutual Friend
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  • Soon my shirt would be soaked and Mautz, a true psychological mercenary, would have me.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • Besides, Day wasn’t a mercenary in any of his past crimes.
    Marie Lu  --  Legend

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  • But I don’t mind even this, and perhaps it’s right that Liv Crawford should be the bearer of these tidings, the mercenary angel who has saved my life.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The voice of a mercenary.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • As she reached for her last arrow, she heard one of the competitors, a red-haired mercenary named Renault, snigger.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Well then, on that mercenary ground, will you agree to let me hector a little?
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • To make matters worse, she was quite impervious to mercenary considerations, and could not be bribed in any way.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • The mercenary says there’s a Harkonnen reward of a million Solaris for anyone who’ll bring in a single crysknife.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • I think you’re a mercenary rascal—just like the Yankees.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • She could and had faced an armed laser in the hands of a mad mutant mercenary with less fear than she faced such unswerving emotion.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death

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  • Ashe the mercenary, Kiever the fellow traveler, and now Peters, for whom the end and the means were identical.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • If so, you are a most incompetent mercenary; you don’t even have a weapon.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • He was a shepherd, and no mercenary.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • Pray, would you wish me to make a mercenary marriage—what they call a marriage of ambition?
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • I had been advised to have massages, but I never liked them: I hate to be touched by mercenary hands.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • Later, it would be said, they turned into the band of swordswomen who were a mercenary army.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • And she says, ’Child, you ought to be glad you didn’t git him, because he’s so mercenary.’
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • Callicrates and other popular leaders became mercenary instruments for inveigling their countrymen.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Behind the scenes, Lord North had quietly begun negotiations with several German princes of Hesse and Brunswick to hire mercenary troops.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • He’s never taken jobs for hire as far as I know, and it’s unlikely he’d start now Who would hire an untested mercenary?
    Marie Lu  --  Legend
  • Mercenary creatures ask, ’What is the use of a man’s going to the North Pole?
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • He will tell you I am mercenary.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • "I think you are vile and mercenary," said Scarlett, but her remark was automatic.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Whether you are a thief, a traitor, a mercenary, or merely a fool, your fate will be the same.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • He sure ain’t mercenary, money don’t mean a thing to him.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • He seemed to take far more exception to "bloody" than "mercenary."
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • You bloody mercenary.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • A "dirty, mercenary spirit pervades the whole," he wrote.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • She’s really small and fragile-looking, and at the same time, it’s like she’s some exotic teenage mercenary, all rock solid, dressed in black, ready to take somebody down.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • They began to talk; their conversation eased me completely: frivolous, mercenary, heartless, and senseless, it was rather calculated to weary than enrage a listener.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • You mean that he is mercenary.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • Though perhaps that is merely a synonym for mercenary.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • And if that were not sufficient, there was the outright bribery that had become standard in a blatantly mercenary system not of his making, but that he readily employed to get his way.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • Peck had accumulated a personal mythology that included Indian wars, gold mining, and mercenary executions, and was known to carry a derringer pistol in a hidden shoulder holster.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • I’m going to be a rich man when this war is over, Scarlett, because I was farsighted—pardon me, mercenary.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Switched on the TV and called the superstation in Atlanta and touched things with a hanky and placed the voice device on the phone that he’d ordered from the back pages of a mercenary magazine.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Think no unfair evil of her, pray: she had no wicked plots, nothing sordid or mercenary; in fact, she never thought of money except as something necessary which other people would always provide.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The more spirit there is in it, the better for mankind and the worse for those mercenary task-masters and low tricksters who delight in putting that illustrious art at a disadvantage in the world.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • The word of a gentleman that I am not mercenary; that my affection for Miss Sloper is as pure and disinterested a sentiment as was ever lodged in a human breast!
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • I figure to myself that the task of attending on your sickbed has devolved on some mercenary old nurse, who could never guess your wishes nor minister to them with the care and affection of your poor cousin.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Any loyal Confederate who had a thousand dollars in cash in 1861 could have done what I did, but how few were mercenary enough to take advantage of their opportunities!
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • 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.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Mercenary?
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • Mercenary?
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Two of his brothers became mercenary soldiers, one died of malaria on the Panama Canal, one became a surveyor in Burma and India, and the last made tracks for the eastern seaboard at seventeen, never to be heard from again.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Mercenary fighters were nonmembers hired on short-term contracts to help the gang fight turf wars.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • I should be sorry to think our friend mercenary.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Above all, he was amazed to hear me talk of a mercenary standing army, in the midst of peace, and among a free people.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • ’I am afraid you are mercenary, Tom.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Oh, what a detestable crew they are, these mercenary speculators!
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
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