prof·​i·​teer | \ ˌprä-fə-ˈtir How to pronounce profiteer (audio) \

Definition of profiteer

: one who makes what is considered an unreasonable profit especially on the sale of essential goods during times of emergency

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Other Words from profiteer

profiteer intransitive verb

Examples of profiteer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The new crown prince, though, has continued to press his case in court, painting Al Jabri as a profiteer in a corrupt prior regime who simply plowed government money into his own investments, including the Boston condos., 30 Mar. 2021 The language reflected a general sense that health insurers should not be permitted to play the profiteer with the heavy subsidies coming their way from Obamacare. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 15 Mar. 2021 The cast is wild; Vincent Kartheiser plays an American war profiteer with what can only be described as a newsie-from-Newsies accent, and Lizzy Caplan plays a French resistance figure with substance use issues who ends up hooking up with Krieps. Kate Knibbs, Wired, 22 Dec. 2020 Over the course of five episodes, World's Most Wanted profiles a drug kingpin, a war profiteer, a Russian crime boss, a mafia don, and a female terrorist of mythic proportions. Shannon Carlin,, 5 Aug. 2020 May 28, 2020 As state officials sorted through offers to weed the legitimate from the fraudulent, well-meaning entrepreneurs and profiteers alike also attempted to distinguish reality from illusion. Adam Elmahrek, Los Angeles Times, 29 May 2020 Middlemen and profiteers squirmed in between links in the global supply chain, selling fictional caches of equipment. Dominic Fracassa,, 22 May 2020

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First Known Use of profiteer

1912, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of profiteer was in 1912

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“Profiteer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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prof·​i·​teer | \ ˌprä-fə-ˈtir How to pronounce profiteer (audio) \

Legal Definition of profiteer

: one who makes an unreasonable profit especially on the sale of essential goods during times of emergency (as during wartime)

Other Words from profiteer

profiteer intransitive verb

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