Mercenary



[mur-suh-ner-ee] /ˈmɜr səˌnɛr i/

adjective
1.
working or acting merely for money or other reward; venal.
2.
hired to serve in a foreign army, guerrilla organization, etc.
noun, plural mercenaries.
3.
a professional soldier hired to serve in a foreign army.
4.
any hireling.
/ˈmɜːsɪnərɪ; -sɪnrɪ/
adjective
1.
influenced by greed or desire for gain
2.
of or relating to a mercenary or mercenaries
noun (pl) -naries
3.
a man hired to fight for a foreign army, etc
4.
(rare) any person who works solely for pay
n.

late 14c., “one who works only for hire,” from Old French mercenaire “mercenary, hireling” (13c.) and directly from Latin mercenarius “one who does anything for pay,” literally “hired, paid,” from merces (genitive mercedis) “pay, reward, wages,” from merx (see market (n.)).
adj.

1530s, from mercenary (n.), or in part from Latin mercenarius “hired, paid, serving for pay.”

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