mammon

noun, often capitalized
mam·​mon | \ ˈma-mən How to pronounce mammon (audio) \

Definition of mammon

: material wealth or possessions especially as having a debasing influence you cannot serve God and mammon — Matthew 6:24 (Revised Standard Version)

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Other Words from mammon

mammonism \ ˈma-​mə-​ˌni-​zəm How to pronounce mammonism (audio) \ noun

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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, "Letter of Recommendation: ‘Live Like a French Woman’ Books," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of mammon

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mammon

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

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

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