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 The well-to-do weren’t jetting off to spread their lucre elsewhere, parching Sacramento’s coffers. Los Angeles Times, "Column: The California exodus is a myth. But that doesn’t stop the haters," 8 Apr. 2021 The lucre of cotton prompted plantations in the American South to turn to the African slave trade. New York Times, "Global Brands Find It Hard to Untangle Themselves From Xinjiang Cotton," 6 Apr. 2021 The original myth, though, carries quite a different connotation: Worshiping lucre, Midas is visited by the god Dionysus, who grants his wish that anything within his grasp turns to gold. Washington Post, "Trump imagined himself a modern-day Midas. His touch was anything but golden.," 15 Jan. 2021 Meanwhile, Hollywood and its progressive ilk continue pumping enormous amounts of lucre into that state in a flagrant attempt to influence the vote, which, of course, prompts the GOP to plead for more and more. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, "MASTERSON ONLINE: Money taints politics," 26 Dec. 2020 Stateless people do not elect officials, enjoy diplomatic representation, or possess the lucre of a corporate lobby. Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, The New York Review of Books, "The Right to Belong," 1 Dec. 2020 Corporations pump so much lucre into the state’s coffers that there’s no sales taxes on anything. Washington Post, "Delaware is famous for corporations, chemicals, chickens — and now, finally, a president," 16 Nov. 2020 Senate candidates like South Carolina’s Jaime Harrison ($57 million) and Iowa’s Theresa Greenfield ($28 million) have, in recent days, touted their own record-breaking amounts of campaign lucre. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "The Democrats Aren’t Serious About Campaign Finance Reform," 16 Oct. 2020 Broadway is constantly accused of abandoning its storied, artistic past in a current embrace of filthy lucre. Author: Elizabeth L. Wollman, Anchorage Daily News, "Five myths about Broadway," 11 July 2020

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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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The first known use of lucre was in the 14th century

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13 Apr 2021

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“Lucre.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lucre

disapproving + often humorous : money or profit

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