a person who seeks or exacts exorbitant , especially through the sale of scarce or rationed goods.
to act as a profiteer.
a person who makes excessive profits, esp by charging exorbitant prices for goods in short supply
(intransitive) to make excessive profits
1797, but dormant in English until it was revived in World War I, from profit + -eer. From 1912 as a noun. Related: Profiteering (1814).
Or is it simply hysteria which produces what is to-day termed “the profiteer?” It is probable that the modern profiteer is the same person whom we formerly called “the grafter, the extortioner, the robber, the gouger.” [“Legal Aid Review,” April 1920]
the improvement or amendment of what is wrong, corrupt, unsatisfactory, etc.: social reform; spelling reform. an instance of this. the amendment of conduct, belief, etc. to change to a better state, form, etc.; improve by alteration, substitution, abolition, etc. to cause (a person) to abandon wrong or evil ways of life or conduct. to put […]
of, relating to, or of the nature of a republic. favoring a republic. fitting or appropriate for the citizen of a republic: a very republican notion. (initial capital letter) of or relating to the Republican Party. a person who favors a republican form of government. (initial capital letter) a member of the Republican Rarty. Contemporary […]
an overthrow or repudiation and the thorough replacement of an established government or political system by the people governed. Sociology. a radical and pervasive change in society and the social structure, especially one made suddenly and often accompanied by violence. Compare . a sudden, complete or marked change in something: the present revolution in church […]
of, pertaining to, characterized by, or of the nature of a , or a sudden, complete, or marked change: a revolutionary junta. radically new or innovative; outside or beyond established procedure, principles, etc.: a revolutionary discovery. (initial capital letter) of or relating to the American Revolution or to the period contemporaneous with it in U.S. […]