Adjective "mercenaries" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Primarily concerned with making money at the expense of ethics.
  1. 'I decided I couldn't be pressed like this, the third job involved no relocation and would be better for my CV, if you want to look at it in purely mercenary terms.'
  2. 'In case that sounds completely mercenary he's also an old friend, and it would be good to see him again.'
  3. 'Canadians, I truly believe, are not mercenary beings.'
  4. 'It'll probably be merchandised like hell, but it definitely feels less mercenary than a lot of other children's entertainment.'
  5. 'But in this day and age, with so many mercenary lawyers around, talking libel and slander, you cannot even speak ill of the living without caution.'
  6. 'An investor is very much afraid of the slow and mercenary courts, and of the factors of corruption and crime.'
  7. 'Even in this mercenary age, with the entire football agenda being driven by money, that might be too much for the clubs concerned to contemplate.'
  8. 'I don't mean to mischaracterize what you're saying, but it makes it sound like Americans are very mercenary.'
  9. 'But not before John had his fill of mercenary musicianship.'
  10. 'And yet their aims are no less self-serving and their interests no less mercenary than those of any other union.'


A professional soldier hired to serve in a foreign army.
  1. 'Machiavelli goes on to specify that armies are basically of two types: hired mercenaries and citizen militias.'
  2. 'Both risings were put down later in the summer, the royal forces being augmented by foreign mercenaries gathered for war against the Scots.'
  3. 'Third, there is also a potential continuing supply of mercenaries as regular soldiers are demobilized.'
  4. 'In 1640, he inherited an army made up of mercenaries who lacked loyalty in the best of times.'
  5. 'She was a soldier, a mercenary, a spy on a mission to save the world.'
  6. 'Being in the Army, the mercenary had maps of every conceivable place on the planet.'
  7. 'Instead, they massed a large army, hired mercenaries, and attacked both places at once.'
  8. 'In addition, she keeps a small army of mercenaries and slaves to be activated whenever she sees fit.'
  9. 'My father had no time for Ansgar, just because he had been a mercenary and a common soldier.'
  10. 'Unlike mercenaries, soldiers need to know when they go to battle that they are going there for a purpose.'
  11. 'cricket's most infamous mercenary'
  12. 'The first, clause 7, relates to recruiting a person to be a mercenary, and I guess that is something.'
  13. 'In these games you play as Bolton on a world tour as a mercenary for hire.'
  14. 'They are political mercenaries, hired because they can keep ministers at arms' length from the media and the less savoury side of politics.'
  15. 'NZPundit seems to think that my comments on mercenaries apply to people like this man.'
  16. 'Critics called him mercenary and his unhurried, self-possessed manner could make him unfathomable.'


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.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be mercenaries."

"leaders can be mercenaries."

"soldiers can be mercenaries."

"fightings can be mercenaries."

"wages can be mercenaries."

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(mercenary)Late Middle English (as a noun): from Latin mercenarius ‘hireling’, from merces, merced- ‘reward’.