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