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A person employed to fight in an armed conflict who is not a member of the state or military group for which they are fighting and whose prime or sole motivation is private gain
motivated by private gain
{a} mean, selfish, greedy
{n} a hireling
profit oriented; "a commercial book"; "preached a mercantile and militant patriotism"- John Buchan; "a mercenary enterprise"; "a moneymaking business"
{i} hired worker; hired soldier; greedy person
marked by materialism
One who is hired; a hireling; especially, a soldier hired into foreign service
disapproval If you describe someone as mercenary, you are criticizing them because you think that they are only interested in the money that they can get from a particular person or situation. mercenaries a soldier who fights for any country or group that will pay him. only interested in the money you may be able to get from a person, job etc. Hired professional soldier who fights for any state or nation without regard to political principles. From the earliest days of organized warfare, governments supplemented their military forces with mercenaries. After the Hundred Years' War (1337-1453), Swiss soldiers were hired out all over Europe by their own cantonal governments and won a high reputation. Rulers of the German state of Hesse also hired out their soldiers, and Hessian troops fought for the British in the American Revolution. Since the late 18th century, most mercenaries have been individual soldiers of fortune
Acting for reward; serving for pay; paid; hired; hireling; venal; as, mercenary soldiers
a person hired to fight for another country than their own
Hence: Moved by considerations of pay or profit; greedy of gain; sordid; selfish
used of soldiers hired by a foreign army
{s} of or pertaining to a desire for monetary gain; hired for service
A mercenary is a soldier who is paid to fight by a country or group that they do not belong to
used of soldiers hired by a foreign army
A mercenary
plural of mercenary
– Soldiers for hire
Professional soldiers and soldiers of fortune who serve the country offering them the highest pay Also, soldiers who serve a country other than their own for money