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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ But filthy lucre led him to Uncle Kenny's.
▪ I was not the only person who felt betrayed by filthy lucre when the World Cup went to the satellite company.
▪ filthy lucre
▪ But filthy lucre led him to Uncle Kenny's.
▪ I was not the only person who felt betrayed by filthy lucre when the World Cup went to the satellite company.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Lucre \Lu"cre\, n. [F. lucre, L. lucrum.] Gain in money or goods; profit; riches; -- often in an ill sense.

The lust of lucre and the dread of death.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Latin lucrum "gain, advantage, profit; wealth, riches," from PIE root *lau- "gain, profit" (cognates: Greek apo-lanein "to enjoy," Gothic launs, German lohn "wages, reward," and possibly Sanskrit lotam, lotram "booty"). Filthy lucre (Tit. i:11) is Tyndale's rendering of Greek aischron kerdos.


n. Gain in money or goods; profit; riches. (qualifier: often in a negative sense)

  1. n. informal terms for money [syn: boodle, bread, cabbage, clams, dinero, dough, gelt, kale, lettuce, lolly, loot, moolah, pelf, scratch, shekels, simoleons, sugar, wampum]

  2. the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses) [syn: net income, net, net profit, profit, profits, earnings]


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Usage examples of "lucre".

They next come to the Street of Lucre, full of Spaniards, Dutchmen and Jews, and here too, are conquerors and their soldiers, justices and their bribers, doctors, misers, merchants and userers, shopmen, clippers, taverners, drovers, and the like.

It has sometimes in the end of words a sound obscure, and scarcely perceptible, as open, shapen, shotten, thistle, participle, metre, lucre.

The secret, sustaining garden, my illicit fantasy having nothing to do with lucre or lust, was that by tweaking a few knobs, by having just these two friends, by clearing a space as wide as possible in my unstretched heart, the last living woman in Brooklyn Heights might contain multitudes, might grow to fill the dense bruise of killer buildings carefully designed to eat me.

Some from the Street of Lucre, having a room here, ran hither to count their money, but stayed not long lest aught of the countless geegaws that are here should entice them to part with their money without interest.

The true cause of my initial fixation was not highfaluting injustice, but lowest-level filthy lucre, and once I had come to that demeaning truth, the obsession gradually dispersed.

Next to these came the Princess of Lucre with her sly and crafty followers - a great many of the brood of Simon Skinflint, money lenders, lawyers, userers, stewards, foresters, harlots, and some of the clergy.

Thieves and murderesses, eager for lucre, flocked to the great city from the four points of the compass, and bore away all the budding Life that their arms could carry in order that they might turn it to Death!

Not, he parenthesised, that for the sake of filthy lucre he need necessarily embrace the lyric platform as a walk in life for any lengthy space of time.

I doubt not but all theeves, and such as have a good judgement, will preferre their owne lucre and gain above all things in the world, and above their vengeance, which purchaseth damage to divers persons.

There was in Asia, in a great city, Amonges Christian folk, a Jewery, Sustained by a lord of that country, For foul usure, and lucre of villainy, Hateful to Christ, and to his company.

All men are there, Except Bonturo, barterers: of 'no' For lucre there an 'aye' is quickly made.

Lady Petronilla gritted in reply, her bitterness perhaps stemming from thoughts of her own marriage, an alliance of lucre, not love.

Part of it was that I'd chosen the lucre of private practice, while he lived the more chaste life of a public servant.