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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Synonyms for lucre


bread [slang], bucks, cabbage [slang], cash, change, chips, coin, currency, dough, gold, green, jack [slang], kale [slang], legal tender, lolly [British], long green [slang], loot, money, moola (or moolah) [slang], needful, pelf, scratch [slang], shekels (also sheqels), tender, wampum

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foreign coins are not acceptable lucre in most vending machines in this country

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Some of that lucre reportedly came from a company with ties to a Russian oligarch—and some from major blue chip companies, including AT&T and Novartis. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Novartis Put Money In Michael Cohen’s Cookie Jar. Did It Get Any Cookies In Return?," 9 May 2018 Does this ragtag band of misfits, coached by a renegade named Goona (Maisie Williams), stand a chance against a bunch of hot shots with flowing locks, fancy uniforms, and all the talent and training that Nooth’s lucre can buy? A.o. Scott, New York Times, "Review: ‘Early Man’ Is a Very Funny Trip to the Past," 15 Feb. 2018 In some cases (see: Bouchard, Genie) sponsors expect social media activation in exchange for their endorsement lucre. Jon Wertheim,, "Mailbag: Alexander Zverev's Grand Slam Breakthrough Is Next Step for Next Gen Star," 16 Aug. 2017 In 1821, Captain William Parry, commander of the second Arctic expedition of the modern era, published a best-selling account of that voyage which propelled him on a book tour of Tom Friedman-like scope and lucre. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "Literature’s Arctic Obsession," 24 Apr. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of lucre

disapproving + often humorous : money or profit

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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