Definitions for mercenaryˈmɜr səˌnɛr i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mer•ce•nar•yˈmɜr səˌnɛr i(adj.; n.)(pl.)-nar•ies.

  1. (adj.)working or acting merely for money or other reward; venal.

  2. hired to serve in a foreign army.

  3. (n.)a soldier hired to serve in a foreign army.

    Category: Military

  4. any hireling.

Origin of mercenary:

1350–1400; ME mercenarie < L mercēnnārius hired worker, akin to mercēs wage

mer`ce•nar′i•ly-ˈnɛər ə li(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mercenary, soldier of fortune(adj)

    a person hired to fight for another country than their own

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

    marked by materialism

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

    serving for wages in a foreign army

    "mercenary killers"

  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"

Wiktionary

  1. mercenary(Noun)

    A person employed to fight in an armed conflict who is not a member of the state or military group for which they are fighting and whose prime or sole motivation is private gain.

  2. mercenary(Adjective)

    motivated by private gain

  3. Origin: From mercenarius, from merces.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mercenary(adj)

    acting for reward; serving for pay; paid; hired; hireling; venal; as, mercenary soldiers

  2. Mercenary(adj)

    hence: Moved by considerations of pay or profit; greedy of gain; sordid; selfish

  3. Mercenary(noun)

    one who is hired; a hireling; especially, a soldier hired into foreign service

Freebase

  1. Mercenary

    A mercenary is a person who takes part in an armed conflict, who is not a national or a party to the conflict and is "motivated to take part in the hostilities essentially by the desire for private gain and, in fact, is promised, by or on behalf of a party to the conflict, material compensation substantially in excess of that promised or paid to combatants of similar ranks and functions in the armed forces of that Party". As a result of the assumption that a mercenary is essentially motivated by money, the term mercenary usually carries negative connotations. There is a blur in the distinction between a mercenary and a foreign volunteer, when the primary motive of a soldier in a foreign army is uncertain. For instance, the French Foreign Legion and the Gurkhas of the British and Indian armies are not mercenaries under the laws of war, since although they may meet many of the requirements of Article 47 of Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions, they are exempt under clauses 47&; some journalists describe them as mercenaries nevertheless. Recently mercenary firm G4S has been reported as the second largest private employer in the world.


Translations for mercenary

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

mercenary(adjective)

too strongly influenced by desire for money

a mercenary attitude.

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