American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Bible Riches, avarice, and worldly gain personified as a false god in the New Testament.
- n. Material wealth regarded as having an evil influence.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Syriac word used once in the New Testament as a personification of riches and worldliness, or the god of this world; hence, the spirit or deity of avarice; cupidity personified.
- n. [lowercase] Material wealth; worldly possessions.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Riches; wealth; the god of riches; riches, personified.
- n. (New Testament) a personification of wealth and avarice as an evil spirit
- n. wealth regarded as an evil influence
- From Late Latin mammona ("wealth"), from Hellenistic Ancient Greek μαμωνᾶς, from Aramaic (māmōnā, "riches"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Late Latin mammon, from Greek mamōnās, from Aramaic māmonā, riches, probably from Mishnaic Hebrew māmôn; see אmn in Semitic roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“They all decried what I term Mammon's unholy trinity of church, state and corporation.”
“The Tea Party mob is much more interested in Mammon than God, and one can't serve both.”
“For, in short, Mammon _is_ not a god at all; but a devil, and even a very despicable devil.”
“Mammon is a Syriac word, that signifies gain; so that whatever in this world is, or is accounted by us to be, gain (Phil.iii. 7), is mammon.”
“Most I've known have been lost to Mammon, which is to be expected.”
“Ages; thus Peter Lombard (II, dist. 6) says, "Riches are called by the name of a devil, namely Mammon, for Mammon is the name of a devil, by which name riches are called according to the Syrian tongue.”
“It may have once been called Mammon, but most today know it as The Market, and his followers (this God is most certainly male) are called CEOs and hedge-fund managers and oligarchs and traders.”
“Vernoniad_, there was added a lengthy mock-title in Greek, the whole being presented as a lost fragment by Homer, describing, in epic style, the mission of one "Mammon" sent by Satan to baffle the fleets of a nation engaged in war with _Iberia_.”
“Mammon" (Walpole was reputed to have amassed much wealth) hides his palace walls by heaps of”
“Mammon" declares virtue to be but a name, and his wonted eloquence is bribery.”
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