mercenary
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈmɜː.sə.nə.ɹi/, /ˈmɜː.sən.ɹi/
  • (GA) enPR: mûrʹsə-nĕr'ē, IPA: /ˈmɝsəˌnɛɹi/
Noun

mercenary (plural mercenaries)

  1. (archaic) One motivated by gain, especially monetary.
  2. A person employed to fight in an armed conflict who is not a member of the state or military group for which they are fighting and whose primary motivation is private gain.
  3. (figuratively) One hired to engage in a figurative battle, as a corporate takeover, a lawsuit, or a political campaign.
Synonyms Translations Adjective

mercenary

  1. Motivated by private gain.
    • For God forbid I should my papers blot / With mercenary lines, with servile pen.
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