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MERCENARY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does mercenary mean? 

MERCENARY (noun)
  The noun MERCENARY has 1 sense:

1. a person hired to fight for another country than their own

  Familiarity information: MERCENARY used as a noun is very rare.


MERCENARY (adjective)
  The adjective MERCENARY has 3 senses:

1. marked by materialism
2. used of soldiers hired by a foreign army
3. profit oriented

  Familiarity information: MERCENARY used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


MERCENARY (noun)


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Meaning:

A person hired to fight for another country than their own

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

mercenary; soldier of fortune

Hypernyms ("mercenary" is a kind of...):

adventurer; venturer (a person who enjoys taking risks)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "mercenary"):

ninja (a member of the ninja who were trained in martial arts and hired for espionage or sabotage or assassinations; a person skilled in ninjutsu)


MERCENARY (adjective)


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Meaning:

Marked by materialism

Synonyms:

materialistic; mercenary; worldly-minded

Similar:

worldly (characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world)


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Meaning:

Used of soldiers hired by a foreign army

Synonyms:

mercenary; freelance

Similar:

paid (marked by the reception of pay)


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Meaning:

Profit oriented

Synonyms:

mercantile; moneymaking; mercenary

Context examples:

a commercial book / preached a mercantile and militant patriotism / a mercenary enterprise / a moneymaking business

Similar:

commercial (connected with or engaged in or sponsored by or used in commerce or commercial enterprises)


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