profiteer

noun

prof·​i·​teer ˌprä-fə-ˈtir How to pronounce profiteer (audio)
: one who makes what is considered an unreasonable profit especially on the sale of essential goods during times of emergency
profiteer intransitive verb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That great profiteer, England, had turned from trafficking to policing, dispatching a Royal Navy squadron to patrol the high seas. Sean Kingsley, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Oct. 2022 Oil still drives a boom-and-bust economy, making the state a kind of war profiteer and a staging ground for climate change. Dan Zak, Washington Post, 9 June 2022 The unlikely hero was Oskar Schindler, the Nazi intelligence officer and war profiteer who ran an enamelware factory near Krakow. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2022 Someone who has spent decades as a profiteer of woo might fare well on the campaign trail. Timothy Caulfield, Scientific American, 15 Dec. 2021 This synergistic response to a war profiteer’s effort to launder his reputation with philanthropic efforts felt galvanizing. New York Times, 1 Oct. 2021 Schools have scrubbed the past from their history books, and their major commercial business, run by war-mongering profiteer Phyllis Cloverleaf (Elizabeth Perkins), is built solely on stoking fear of winged or horned ponykind. Courtney Howard, Variety, 21 Sep. 2021 Neighbors objected and called him a profiteer, zoning laws stood in his way, and pro-housing politicians balked at stepping in. Fifth & Mission Podcast, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Aug. 2021 Over the next 40 years, Meehan proved to be a skilled shapeshifter and profiteer. Longreads, 12 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of profiteer was in 1912

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Cite this Entry

“Profiteer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/profiteer. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

profiteer

noun

prof·​i·​teer ˌpräf-ə-ˈti(ə)r How to pronounce profiteer (audio)
: a person who makes an unfair profit especially on essential goods during an emergency
profiteer verb

Legal Definition

profiteer

noun

prof·​i·​teer ˌprä-fə-ˈtir How to pronounce profiteer (audio)
: one who makes an unreasonable profit especially on the sale of essential goods during times of emergency (as during wartime)
profiteer intransitive verb

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