Adjective "profiteering" definition and examples

(Profiteering may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Make or seek to make an excessive or unfair profit, especially illegally.
  1. 'Of course, facilitators like Joe see no ethical conflict in profiteering on their connections.'
  2. 'US and French delegates immediately rejected the idea declaring that it could lead to smuggling and profiteering.'
  3. 'In other words, everything would have been fine if Andy had just kept his sideboard profiteering in check.'
  4. 'Science has played into the hands of reaction and extreme-right profiteering since the days of the Industrial Revolution.'
  5. 'While war can result in profit for a few, it is not the case that the entire system of a free economy depends on such wartime profiteering.'
  6. 'He shows how desertions, profiteering, hoarding, and plunder were widespread.'
  7. 'There may be as much ideology here as profiteering, but we don't yet know.'
  8. 'Banks and ATM operators must not be allowed to engage in profiteering at the expense of people in rural and regional areas.'
  9. 'To prevent profiteering on bad news, the wagers would have been kept small.'
  10. 'Overall, their problem was not middlemen profiteering but inadequate demand.'


A person who profiteers.
  1. 'So the futures of over 3500 workers and their families are under threat from profiteers who are unaccountable to these workers or to anyone else - unaccountable to any franchise other than their major shareholders.'
  2. 'I also see the other side of the coin, and I believe that most of the companies in the cleanup game are no better than war profiteers.'
  3. 'It will become even harder to swing public opinion behind humanitarian interventions if war profiteers and racist thugs are direct beneficiaries.'
  4. 'It is not hyperbole to say that those beneficiaries of wartime tax cuts and contract deals should now be called war profiteers.'
  5. 'To the region's hydroelectric profiteers, this means that ‘their’ generators are being ‘robbed’ of kilowatt dollars by juvenile salmon.'
  6. 'They had an affiliation with mobsters, drug dealings, illegal profiteers, and more, where they would store money, risk-free and securely, for everyone.'
  7. 'Scorsese has achieved a first here: making a film that celebrates a war profiteer.'
  8. 'They chanted anti-government slogans and carried placards denouncing the war profiteers.'
  9. 'Until the public shakes loose the iron grip of these money-grabbing profiteers, crime and the prison population will continue to rise.'
  10. 'Without warning, they proceeded to side with the corporate war profiteers, and use violence to suppress nonviolent free speech.'

More definitions

1. a person who seeks or exacts exorbitant profits, especially through the sale of scarce or rationed goods. verb (used without object)

2. to act as a profiteer.

More examples(as adjective)

"gangs can be profiteering."