Definition of profiteer in English:

profiteer

Syllabification: prof·it·eer
Pronunciation: /ˌpräfəˈti(ə)r
 
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verb

[no object]
Make or seek to make an excessive or unfair profit, especially illegally or in a black market: (as noun profiteering) the profiteering of tabloid journalists
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  • US and French delegates immediately rejected the idea declaring that it could lead to smuggling and profiteering.
  • He shows how desertions, profiteering, hoarding, and plunder were widespread.
  • Of course, facilitators like Joe see no ethical conflict in profiteering on their connections.
Synonyms
overcharge, racketeer; cheat someone, fleece someone
informal rip someone off, rob someone

noun

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A person who profiteers: a war profiteer
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  • It will become even harder to swing public opinion behind humanitarian interventions if war profiteers and racist thugs are direct beneficiaries.
  • The experience tilted the historical scales towards the war profiteers and the army's most successful commander - Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • In a country that promotes the virtues of the free market, he died for the benefit of the war profiteers and for very little benefit to himself.
Synonyms
racketeer, exploiter, black marketeer
informal bloodsucker, vampire

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