lu·​cre | \ ˈlü-kər How to pronounce lucre (audio) \

Definition of lucre

: monetary gain : profit wrote almost entirely for lucre also : money

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Examples of lucre in a Sentence

foreign coins are not acceptable lucre in most vending machines in this country
Recent Examples on the Web Even then, companies were trading user experience for advertising lucre. Steven Levy, Wired, 10 Dec. 2021 Such lucre would indicate an industry in good health, and nobody’s losing money in the big leagues, from owners to executives to players. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 2 Dec. 2021 Along with the significant lucre, Wheeler factored all that into his decision to head south from Queens to Philly after the 2019 season. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 12 Aug. 2021 If the one is vilified for its worship of filthy lucre, the other is tarred by its worship of frivolous lamé. New York Times, 27 May 2021 Director Gillespie’s random visual effects (matching tabloid newspaper fonts to Cruella’s celebrity pranks) miss the excitement of luxe and filthy lucre. Armond White, National Review, 28 May 2021 Each of The Times’ stories ended with the rosy thought that this would surely be beloved by the locals and make great heaps of lucre. Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2021 That's a lot of lucre for someone who is into grandstanding rather than governing. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, 12 Apr. 2021 The well-to-do weren’t jetting off to spread their lucre elsewhere, parching Sacramento’s coffers. Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of lucre

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lucre

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

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“Lucre.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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