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Definition of Mercenary


  1. Acting for reward; serving for pay; paid; hired; hireling; venal; as, mercenary soldiers.
  2. Hence: Moved by considerations of pay or profit; greedy of gain; sordid; selfish.
  3. One who is hired; a hireling; especially, a soldier hired into foreign service.

Mercenary Quotations

A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will in time produce a people as base as itself.
Joseph Pulitzer

I never tried to be a mercenary or a killer but a hard working fighter.
Larry Holmes

I spent a great deal of time with Che Guevara while I was in Havana. I believe he was far less a mercenary than he was a freedom fighter.
Maureen O'Hara

Inspired by the purse rather than the soul, the mercenary side fairly screams in many of the works put out by every day American publishers.
Alma Gluck

It sounds mercenary and it smacks of rats leaving the sinking ship. But get real, when everyone is bailing out, you don't want to be the last man standing.
Robbie Fowler
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Mercenary Translations

mercenary in Italian is mercenario
mercenary in Spanish is mercenario
mercenary in Swedish is legosoldat, vinningslysten, vinningslysten
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