Definition of filthy lucre in English:

filthy lucre

Syllabification: filth·y lu·cre

noun

  • Money, especially when gained in a dishonest or dishonorable way.
    More example sentences
    • So what about those things we didn't cover - like money, the filthy lucre!
    • That's an awful lot of money and while filthy lucre alone doesn't make a golf tournament, it doesn't do any harm!
    • And there's no sign anywhere of a lull in the crime wave, as British producers, smelling filthy lucre, are courting and flattering ex-cons by the dozen.

Origin

early 16th century: with biblical allusion to Tit. 1:11.

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