Definition of pelf in English:


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Pronunciation: /pɛlf


[mass noun] archaic
Money, especially when gained in a dishonest or dishonourable way: damnation dog thee and thy wretched pelf!
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  • With odds so heavily arrayed against the under-privileged and the ordinary, there are still voices somehow making themselves heard across the walls of silence that vested interest has been trying to erect with its power and pelf.
  • Politics is now merely a game of power, pelf and perks.
  • Does anyone have any doubt how effective these powerful people have been in controlling all levers of powers, pelf and privilege?


late Middle English (in the sense 'booty, pilfered property'): from a variant of Old French pelfre 'spoils', of unknown origin. Compare with pilfer.

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