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  • adv. In a mercenary way, for selfish reason of profit or gain.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a mercenary manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a mercenary manner.


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  • On the other hand, those educators who argue "back to basics" and "accountability" must also deal with the fact that this society has becoming mercenarily toxic.

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  • The views of her guardian were, however, opposed to the young man's suit, Mr Andrew Tucker mercenarily designing to secure the heiress for his own son.

    Henry Fielding A Memoir

  • But there was no reason why a Greek or Roman should not have indulged in servile flattery and hypocritical praise for the selfish purpose of securing the carnal favors of a mercenarily coy courtesan.

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  • Senor Valdes is a realist, but a realist according to his own conception of realism; and he has some words of just censure for the French naturalists, whom he finds unnecessarily, and suspects of being sometimes even mercenarily, nasty.

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  • The thought of carrying on a flirtation under the fastidious Boston eye of Mrs. Brimmer, instead of under the discreet and mercenarily averted orbs of Dona Ursula, did not commend itself pleasantly to Brace.

    The Crusade of the Excelsior

  • Yet he was not harsh and sweeping in his movement; he was sparing of those feelings which are deep because they belong to our childhood, of convictions that are honest because they are all we possess, and of forms of public life to which along antiquity imparts an air of reverence; and he would not see the Temple of the Jews mercenarily profaned.


  • At times, they would look down at my keyboard and scowl incredulously while my hands merrily danced about and announced that I didn't care about being mercenarily screwed.

    Laid-Off Dad

  • The so called Stress Management experts, godmen and godwoman are mercenarily selling and "pumping in" and "forcing down" the so called "stress relaxation and stress management" full of false promises; through our throats!

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  • We are mercenarily applying the judgement of our peers and their peers to the decisions that we make in business, as families and as individuals.

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