mam·​mon ˈma-mən How to pronounce mammon (audio)
often capitalized
: material wealth or possessions especially as having a debasing influence
you cannot serve God and mammonMatthew 6:24 (Revised Standard Version)
mammonism noun

Examples of mammon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In these books, we Americans are portrayed horribly — somehow simultaneously slovenly and uptight, perpetually dressed in spandex yet overweight, arrogant yet superficially friendly, impervious to pleasure and obsessed with mammon. New York Times, 12 June 2018

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Word History


Middle English, from Late Latin mammona, from Greek mamōna, from Aramaic māmōnā riches

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mammon was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Mammon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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