V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: (n.) 1. a hired soldier, especially one who fights for pay for a country other than his or her own; 2. someone interested primarily in their own gain, especially financially; (adj.) greedy and interested in selfish gain
Synonyms: (adj.) greedy, materialistic, selfish, avaricious
Antonyms: (adj.) self-less, generous, unpaid
Tips: Mercenary originated from the Latin mercenarius, "hireling," which came from merces, or "wages." A mercenary is a soldier who works for wages, not out of national pride or duty, and is sometimes referred to as a "soldier of fortune." When the word mercenary is used to refer to someone other than a professional soldier, it is usually used in a negative sense to describe someone who is overly greedy, selfish, and only interested in profit.
His mercenary attitude puts his own needs before others'. (selfish, greedy) adjective
John was a mercenary who had fought for several nations. (hired soldier) noun
Many sales professionals are mercenaries and will work for whoever pays them the most money. (hired soldiers) noun
The rebel leaders employed mercenaries to fight for their cause. (paid soldiers) noun
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