from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The desire for wealth personified as an evil spirit.
  • n. Wealth, material avarice, profit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Riches; wealth; the god of riches; riches, personified.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (New Testament) a personification of wealth and avarice as an evil spirit
  • n. wealth regarded as an evil influence


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)
From Late Latin mammona ("wealth"), from Hellenistic Ancient Greek μαμωνᾶς, from Aramaic  (māmōnā, "riches"). (Wiktionary)


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