from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who makes excessive profits on goods in short supply.
- intransitive v. To make excessive profits on goods in short supply.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who makes an unreasonable profit not justified by cost or risk.
- v. To make an unreasonable profit not justified by cost or risk.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who makes excessive profit (especially on goods in short supply)
- v. make an unreasonable profit, as on the sale of difficult to obtain goods
The idea being that the profiteer is the worst citizen under the sun.
How about the freedom to not have to worry that some greedy profiteer is going to plunder all of my retirement options?
Attempts to capitalize the need of the world for private gain, or in common parlance, to "profiteer," were comparatively rare and were adequately punished by revocation of license or by forced sale of hoardings.
They reached the hands of many an opulent and abandoned 'profiteer' of Damascus,
Capital and Labor are at each other's throats; men cry "profiteer" at those whom good fortune and callous conscience have allowed to take advantage of the world crisis.
They commonly debase the word "profiteer" to mean some one who gets an exceptional profit, just as they use my own
This does not mean that the mass of the employees upon daily papers understand what they are talking about when they use the word "profiteer," any more than they understand what they are talking about when they use the words
The ugly word "profiteer" had not yet been coined.
Then, as always, what we now call the "profiteer" was holding up supplies for higher prices.
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg said banks should not be allowed to "profiteer" from people making small mistakes.
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