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lucre

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noun lu·cre \ˈlü-kər\

Simple Definition of lucre

  • : money or profit

Full Definition of lucre

  1. :  monetary gain :  profit <wrote almost entirely for lucre>; also :  money

Examples of lucre

  1. <foreign coins are not acceptable lucre in most vending machines in this country>

  2. <it's usually lucre and not lust that motivates someone to set up a pornographic Web site>



Origin of lucre

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin lucrum; probably akin to Old English lēan reward, Old High German lōn, Greek apolauein to enjoy


First Known Use: 14th century

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