Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Money or profits.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Latin lucrum; see lau- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Middle English, from Latin lucrum ("profit").

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

  • 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

  • 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 Project Gutenberg Complete Works of Gilbert Parker

  • 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.

  • 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, Complete

  • 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

Comments

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

    March 5, 2007

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

    March 5, 2007

  • "<< 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

  • Ach du lieber! Ein Bernsteinwort.

    July 19, 2009