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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

    soldier of fortune

    unworldly, unpaid, noncommercial

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

    marked by materialism

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

    noncommercial, unworldly, unpaid

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

    serving for wages in a foreign army

    "mercenary killers"

    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"

    unpaid, unworldly, noncommercial


  1. mercenary(adjective)

    venal, greedy

  2. mercenary(adjective)

    motivated by private gain

    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.

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

    antagonist, hinderer, opponent, opposer

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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. mercenary

    sordid, venal, selfish, avaricious, griping

    liberal, generous, disinterested, profuse, prodigal

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. mercenary(a.)

    venal, hired, hireling

  2. mercenary(a.)

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

  3. mercenary(n.)


Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. mercenary(a)

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

  2. mercenary(n)


PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "mercenary":

    mercenaries, gunfighter, merc, mercenarism, henchman

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How to use mercenary in a sentence?

  1. 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.

  2. James Scott:

    A Nation State or Cyber-Mercenary won’t hack e-voting machines one by one. This takes too long and will have minimal impact. Instead, they’ll take an easier approach like spear phishing the manufacturer with malware and poison the voting machine update pre-election and allow the manufacturer to update each individual machine with a self-deleting payload that will target the tabulation process.

  3. 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.

  4. Bruce Windorski:

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

  5. Teresa Cheng:

    The fact that such a very high-ranking official has uttered words such as ‘mercenary’ is, with respect, disgraceful to such a reputable counsel.

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