Anti-profiteering



a person who seeks or exacts exorbitant , especially through the sale of scarce or rationed goods.
to act as a profiteer.
noun
a person who makes excessive profits, esp by charging exorbitant prices for goods in short supply
verb
(intransitive) to make excessive profits
v.

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]

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