wealth regarded as an evil influence
(New Testament) a personification of wealth and avarice as an evil spirit
"ye cannot serve God and Mammon"
The desire for wealth personified as an evil spirit.
Wealth, material avarice, profit.
Origin: From mammona, from Hellenistic μαμωνᾶς, from .
riches; wealth; the god of riches; riches, personified
Origin: [L. mammona, Gr. mammwna^s riches, Syr. mamn; cf. Heb. matmn a hiding place, subterranean storehouse, treasury, fr. tman to hide.]
Mammon, in the New Testament of the Bible, is material wealth or greed, most often personified as a deity, and sometimes included in the seven princes of Hell. Mammon may have also been a reference to Caesar whose tax coin claimed Caesar was a god, forcing Jews to break the first and second commamdments to have no other gods, nor to have their engraven images, or idols everytime they paid taxes or tribute to Caesar. Mammon may have also been a reference to government, since the creator of money is government. Jesus was discussing two masters and the only other master besides God was Caesar.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
mam′un, n. riches: the god of riches.—adj. Mamm′onish, devoted to money-getting.—ns. Mamm′onism, devotion to gain; Mamm′onist, Mamm′onite, a person devoted to riches: a worldling.—adj. Mammonist′ic. [Low L. mammona—Gr. mamōnas—Syriac mamônâ, riches.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the Syrian god of riches, which has given name to the modern passion for material wealth, specially conceived of as an abnegation of Christianity, the profession of which is in flat antagonism to it.
The Roycroft Dictionary
The Pope of Protestantism.
The numerical value of mammon in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of mammon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Those who set out to serve both God and Mammon soon discover that there isn't a God.
We have among us a class of mammon worshippers, whose one test of conservatism or radicalism is the attitude one takes with respect to accumulated wealth. Whatever tends to preserve the wealth of the wealthy is called conservatism, and whatever favors anything else, no matter what is called socialism.
There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.
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