Definitions for mercenaryˈmɜr səˌnɛr i
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mercenary, soldier of fortune(adj)
a person hired to fight for another country than their own
materialistic, mercenary, worldly-minded(adj)
marked by materialism
mercenary(a), free-lance(a), freelance(a)(adj)
serving for wages in a foreign army
mercantile, mercenary, moneymaking(a)(adj)
"a commercial book"; "preached a mercantile and militant patriotism"- John Buchan; "a mercenary enterprise"; "a moneymaking business"
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.
motivated by private gain
Origin: From mercenarius, from merces.
acting for reward; serving for pay; paid; hired; hireling; venal; as, mercenary soldiers
hence: Moved by considerations of pay or profit; greedy of gain; sordid; selfish
one who is hired; a hireling; especially, a soldier hired into foreign service
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.
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I'm not a mercenary or in love with killing people.
The problem is that the UK can't be seen as being too greedy and mercenary. It's going from one extreme to another.
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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- наймі́тка, наёмнік, наёмніца, наймі́тBelarusian
- нае́мница, нае́мникBulgarian
- mercenariCatalan, Valencian
- žoldák, žoldnéřCzech
- Söldnerin, SöldnerGerman
- μισθοφόρος, μισθοφορικός, ιδιοτελήςGreek
- palkkasotilas, rahanahne, palkkasoturiFinnish
- zsoldos, zsoldoskatonaHungarian
- пла́теник, користољубивMacedonian
- huurling, hebzuchtig, geldbelustDutch
- najemnica, najemnikPolish
- найми́т, коры́стный, корыстолюби́вый, наёмница, наёмник, найми́ткаRussian
- najamnica, плаћеница, plaćenik, plaćenica, плаћеник, најамник, најамница, najamnikSerbo-Croatian
- на́йманець, найми́тка, на́йманка, найми́тUkrainian
- tay sai, lính đánh thuêVietnamese
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