Definition of mercenary adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmɜːsənəri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɜːrsəneri//
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(disapproving) only interested in making or getting money a mercenary society/attitude She's interested in him for purely mercenary reasons. See related entries: Selfish Word Origin late Middle English (as a noun): from Latin mercenarius ‘hireling’, from merces, merced- ‘reward’.
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