Definition of profiteer
: one who makes what is considered an unreasonable profit especially on the sale of essential goods during times of emergency
Recent Examples of profiteer from the Web
Right-wing politicians and newspapers have spread a sense that the nongovernmental organizations are essentially profiteers who collude with human traffickers to aid and abet illegal immigration.
His pick will allow Democrats to renew their charge that Trump is picking financial crisis profiteers to police the beat.
Mackey said that the idea goes back to the Civil War, when the federal government had a problem with war profiteers ripping off the army by providing shoddy goods.
The money changers are still the people carrying around a tin cash box, not profiteers thumbing numbers on to a spreadsheet on their tablets.
Then there are the profiteers: venture capitalists and M.B.A. types who’ve been pouring funds into the legalizing states, a phenomenon called the green rush.
As part of its investigation, The Times profiled one operator of three-quarter houses, Yury Baumblit, whose Back on Track program showed that profiteers can turn the poorest of the poor into cash machines of government money.
Mohammed was one of 100 people — all either Big Mac fans or souvenir collectors or eBay profiteers — who showed up at the Union Avenue McDonald’s for the historic release of the company’s Special Sauce.
In the big-bodied, beguiling person of Liam Neeson, Schindler is a complex fellow: a party-giving sensualist, a war profiteer who bribes everyone in sight.
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Legal Definition of profiteer
: one who makes an unreasonable profit especially on the sale of essential goods during times of emergency (as during wartime)
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