- Primarily concerned with making money at the expense of ethics: she’s nothing but a mercenary little gold-diggerMore example sentences
- In his writing on India, Marx shows himself under no illusions concerning the brutal and mercenary nature of British rule.
- Talk about good times for it's mercenary culture.
- Canadians, I truly believe, are not mercenary beings.
noun (plural mercenaries)Back to top
- 1A professional soldier hired to serve in a foreign army: he had planned to seize power with the aid of a group of mercenariesMore example sentences
- It is hard to believe that the country would hire foreign mercenaries for military and daily operations.
- Instead, they massed a large army, hired mercenaries, and attacked both places at once.
- Machiavelli goes on to specify that armies are basically of two types: hired mercenaries and citizen militias.
- 1.1A person primarily motivated by personal gain: cricket’s most infamous mercenaryMore example sentences
- Richardson pits this code explicitly against Matilda's nefarious campaign to sign Gerald on as her personal mercenary.
- NZPundit seems to think that my comments on mercenaries apply to people like this man.
- The first, clause 7, relates to recruiting a person to be a mercenary, and I guess that is something.
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- But alas, the mercenariness prevalent in our game will ensure that the high turnover of personnel at the Jags will rise exponentially with the club's success.
- Everything hinges on a young woman's disguise as a chevalier, ostensibly to witness first-hand the mercenariness of a potential husband, Lelio.
- The lack of mercenariness was a distinctive feature of this brilliant practical surgeon.
late Middle English (as a noun): from Latin mercenarius 'hireling', from merces, merced- 'reward'.