Definitions

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

  • n. Money or profits.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Gain in money or goods; profit; riches; -- often in an ill sense.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Gain in money or goods; profit: often, in a restricted sense, base or unworthy gain; money or wealth as the object of sordid greed; hence, greed.
  • To gain.

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

  • n. the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses)
  • n. informal terms for money

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin lucrum.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Latin lucrum ("profit"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • By many accounts at least $150 million in corporate/billionaire lucre is being laundered through Rove's American Crossroads.

    Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman: Visualize Karl Rove's Election Theft Subpoena

  • The part of you that suspects the lure of filthy lucre is the the unChristian one, assuming the worst about people.

    John Joseph Adams » Ask The Slush God 8/22/05

  • Federal investigators are expected to ask the court to freeze about $93 million in assets, arguing that the lucre is the result of her husband's multi-billion dollar fraud.

    Minyanville

  • Try as they might introducing their own music-download services, for instance neither Warner nor its rivals have found a digital source for the kind of lucre once generated by selling CDs.

    Trying to Find The Right Beat

  • This old man, the head of the Romany folk, had the bulk of the fortune which had been his own father's and he had the logic of lucre which is the most convincing of all logic.

    The World for Sale, Volume 1.

  • He was certainly not of ancient lineage, but since he had attained that position which enabled him to be received as an equal in the great world, and had by his skill accumulated a portion of that filthy lucre which is the platform whereon society moves and has its exclusive being, he had the advantage of talking to Donna Faustina, wherever he met her, in spite of her father's sixty-four quarterings.

    Sant' Ilario

  • The master mixologists of this new history deal perform an important role for the Right: with only the Tea Party, with no real Republican Party to speak of, with Karl Rove doling out his Crossroads campaign lucre, the need to negate history in 2010 is stronger than ever before.

    Michael Conniff: Con Games: Glenn Beck's History Lesson

  • The foremost example in these parts of what is disgusting about undeserved wealth and corrupt politicians exploiting irreplacable natural resources to line their own pockets at the expense of natural habitats sacrificed for filthy lucre.

    Plan Puebla-Panama. Yay or Nay?

  • The Dawg did not contribute to the rape of the Chiapas and Tabasco woodlands for filthy lucre; an effort upon which you pride yourself.

    Huatulco to Oaxaca City Road Trip

  • Well, whatever but a few years ago I imported some books here from the U.S. and they charged me a fortune to import those sorry books and I say I do not care how those crooks allocate the disposition of their tax ripoff, it is still major money out of my pocket, so you guys decide which thief gets my filthy lucre and I will spend my time worrying about how to replace it.

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  • Ach du lieber! Ein Bernsteinwort.

    July 19, 2009

  • "<< 1 Timothy 3:3 >>

    New American Standard Bible (©1995)
    not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money.

    GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
    He must not drink excessively or be a violent person, but he must be gentle. He must not be quarrelsome or love money.

    King James Bible
    Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;"

    - biblebrowser.com

    November 8, 2008

  • I didn't think we were allowed to. I also can't say colossal without gall, or vice versa.

    March 5, 2007

  • Does anyone say this word without "filthy" in front of it?

    March 5, 2007