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Synonyms for mercenary
ˈmɜr səˌnɛr i

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mercenary, soldier of fortune(adj)

    a person hired to fight for another country than their own

    Synonyms:
    soldier of fortune

    Antonyms:
    unworldly, unpaid, noncommercial

  2. materialistic, mercenary, worldly-minded(adj)

    marked by materialism

    Synonyms:
    bourgeois, conservative, mercantile, worldly-minded, free-lance(a), materialistic, freelance(a), mercenary(a), moneymaking(a)

    Antonyms:
    noncommercial, unworldly, unpaid

  3. mercenary(a), free-lance(a), freelance(a)(adj)

    serving for wages in a foreign army

    "mercenary killers"

    Antonyms:
    noncommercial, unpaid, unworldly

  4. mercantile, mercenary, moneymaking(a)(adj)

    profit oriented

    "a commercial book"; "preached a mercantile and militant patriotism"- John Buchan; "a mercenary enterprise"; "a moneymaking business"

    Antonyms:
    unpaid, unworldly, noncommercial

Wiktionary

  1. mercenary(adjective)

    Synonyms:
    venal, greedy

  2. mercenary(adjective)

    motivated by private gain

    Synonyms:
    venal, greedy

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. mercenary

    An auxiliary is a person or thing that helps in a subordinate capacity. Allies unite as equals; auxiliaries are, at least technically, inferiors or subordinates. Yet the auxiliary is more than a mere assistant. The word is oftenest found in the plural, and in the military sense; auxiliaries are troops of one nation uniting with the armies, and acting under the orders, of another. Mercenaries serve only for pay; auxiliaries often for reasons of state, policy, or patriotism as well. Compare ACCESSORY; APPENDAGE.

    Synonyms:
    accessory, aid, ally, assistant, auxiliary, coadjutor, confederate, helper, promoter, subordinate

    Antonyms:
    antagonist, hinderer, opponent, opposer

    Preposition:
    The auxiliaries of the Romans; an auxiliary in a good cause; an auxiliary to learning.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. mercenary

    Synonyms:
    sordid, venal, selfish, avaricious, griping

    Antonyms:
    liberal, generous, disinterested, profuse, prodigal

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. mercenary(a.)

    Synonyms:
    venal, hired, hireling

  2. mercenary(a.)

    Synonyms:
    sordid, avaricious, covetous, penurious, parsimonious, stingy, miserly, niggardly, mean, selfish, close, close-fisted

  3. mercenary(n.)

    Synonyms:
    hireling

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. mercenary(a)

    Synonyms:
    hired, hireling, purchased, greedy, sordid, avaricious, grasping

  2. mercenary(n)

    Synonyms:
    hireling

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    mercenaries, gunfighter, merc, mercenarism, henchman

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How to use mercenary in a sentence?

  1. Joseph Pulitzer:

    An able, disinterested, public-spirited press, with trained intelligence to know the right and courage to do it, can preserve that public virtue without which popular government is a sham and a mockery. A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself.

  2. Scott Morrison:

    When they are using people's personal information, details about their homes, it's not just their farm, it's their home, it's where their kids live and grow up, they are being targeted in the most mercenary way by an organisation that can only think of itself and not think to the real damage that is being done to the livelihoods of these hard-working Australians.

  3. Kerry Brown:

    The problem is that the UK can't be seen as being too greedy and mercenary. It's going from one extreme to another.

  4. Bruce Windorski:

    I'm not a mercenary or in love with killing people.

  5. Hans Konig:

    For all the gold and silver stolen and shipped to Spain did not make the Spanish people richer. It gave their kings an edge in the balance of power for a time, a chance to hire more mercenary soldiers for their wars. They ended up losing those wars anyway, and all that was left was a deadly inflation, a starving population, the rich richer, the poor poorer, and a ruined peasant class.


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