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Noun: mercenary  'mur-su,ne-ree [N. Amer], mur-sun-(u-)ree [Brit]
  1. A person hired to fight for another country than their own
    - soldier of fortune
Adjective: mercenary  'mur-su,ne-ree [N. Amer], mur-sun-(u-)ree [Brit]
  1. Marked by materialism
    - materialistic, worldly-minded
     
  2. Serving for wages in a foreign army
    "mercenary killers";
    - free-lance, freelance
     
  3. Profit oriented
    "a mercenary enterprise";
    - mercantile, moneymaking

Derived forms: mercenaries

See also: commercial, paid, secular, temporal, worldly

Type of: adventurer, venturer

Encyclopedia: Mercenary