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Definition someone who makes excessive profit — especially on goods in short supply
  • Profiteers were taking a hand and purveying at enormous prices essential foodstuffs not available in the shops.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Always a world only for politicians, profiteers, waiters and pleasure-seekers, and not a breath of air for men?
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • A wholesale company or something is contracted to feed them and there's profiteering.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • OSKAR SCHINDLER HAS BEEN CALLED MANY names: scoundrel, womanizer, war profiteer, drunk.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • They are also yelling that the coal operators are profiteering on the oil shortage.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The scarcities, inflation, taxes, and profiteering, the incessant worries and enmities of war, were all ever-present.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • It was a situation made to order for speculators and profiteers, and men were not lacking to take advantage of it.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • But black market profiteers had filled entire warehouses with staples like flour, coffee, sugar, and delicious smoked meats.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • To the sound of popping champagne corks, tarts with gaudy make-up offered their services to war profiteers seated at laden tables.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • He and all the profiteers who've since walked out on Africa as a husband quits a wife, leaving her with her naked body curled around the emptied-out mine of her womb.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Yet there is concrete evidence that he has undertaken profitable executions for such extremist radical groups as the PLO and Baader-Meinhof, both as teacher and profiteer.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Sometimes the children of this man, who is invariably hated by the whole district as a profiteer and an alien, are playing among the vegetables because the living quarters are just behind the shop.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • What must a nation like Germany do when—deprived of the colonies which might have served as its own Straits Settlements, divested of the equivalent of its own Sumatra, its own Borneo—it faces a hostile world rimmed about at the edge by international pirates and profiteers?
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Probably those Scottish veterans, since they were finding it necessary to hang some veterans, decided that, if they had to do this, they weren't going to let any "bleedin', profiteering, black-market, double-time-for-overtime, army-dodging, unprintable" civilians have any say about it.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • And if in the end I decide to take The gift that the father wishes to make, It is only, I swear, because I fear That it could be left to a false profiteer, Or that it could be shared by those who would Use it to do evil rather than good, And who would not use it, as I'm sure I can, For the glory of God and one's fellow man.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • It's just the kind of house a profiteer would build.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • His insolence is monumental and his shamelessness about his profiteering makes me boil.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • They're profiteers of the black market who grow rich by defrauding the poor of their rightful share, at a time of desperate shortage.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • It's too bad about those profiteers on Rearden Metal.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He was as honest as he'd always been, he didn't deliver shoddy goods, he was not a war profiteer in that sense.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin

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