from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Wealth or riches, especially when dishonestly acquired.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. money; riches; gain; especially when dishonestly acquired (cf. lucre)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Money; riches; lucre; gain; -- generally conveying the idea of something ill-gotten or worthless. It has no plural.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Frippery; rubbish; refuse; trash.
- n. Money; riches; “filtby lucre”: a contemptuous term. It has no plural.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. informal terms for money
They may talk as they please about what they call pelf,
The man was evidently consumed by ambition, highly interested in pelf and preferment, and a natural Tory who defended the slave trade and imperialism, which Adam Smith so much deplored.
These are wenches and they are always seeking only pelf.
Immortal gods I pray no pelf I speak for no-one but myself and so forth.
Why, the deals that the White house offered for our votes on the Healthcare Reform Bill are laughable next to the bribes, uh, we mean pelf, oh no, we mean incentives that will be coming from the corporate world.
Civilization is when all the mechanisms of the world are dedicated to chanelling pelf to the old.
ÂIt is their boodle, pelf and spoils that they are trying to preserve.
It is their boodle, pelf and spoils that they are trying to preserve.
Being a gentleman of literary pursuits, I am able to sneer at the grubby professionals who struggle so desperately for the meager pelf doled out to the originator of squalid tales and wretched screeds.
I believe in the Training of Children, black even as white; the leading out of little souls into the green pastures and beside the still waters, not for pelf or peace, but for life lit by some large vision of beauty and goodness and truth; lest we forget, and the sons of the fathers, like Esau, for mere meat barter their birthright in a mighty nation.