A Word A Day : Mercenary

Word of 5th June 2007: A Word A Day-Mercenary


( Noun )

Mercenary (MUR suh NER ee): a hired soldier, someone who will do anything for money

If an army can't find enough volunteers or draftees, it will sometimes hire mercenaries.

The magazine Soldier of Fortune is aimed at mercenaries and would-be mercenaries. It even runs classified advertisements by soldiers looking for someone to fight.

You don't have to be a soldier to be a mercenary. Someone who does something strictly for the money is often called a mercenary.

Our business contains a few dedicated workers and many mercenaries who want to make a quick buck and then get out.

Mercenary can also be used as an adjective.

Larry's motives in writing the screenplay for the trashy movie were strictly mercenary. He needed the money.

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