prof·i·teer | \ˌprä-fə-ˈtir \

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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profiteer intransitive verb

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In Solo, Han falls in with bandits led by Beckett (Woody Harrelson, having a good time), who makes a dangerous living stealing things for black-market profiteers. Gary Thompson,, "'Solo: A Star Wars Story' takes a while to jump to hyperspace," 23 May 2018 The playing field is heavily tilted in favor of the enemies of democracy, the entrenched power structure of profiteers, plunderers and polluters who have shown an utter disdain for the Constitution, the rule of law or the will of the people. Jamshed Dastur,, "This is not who we are as Americans. Or is it?," 5 July 2018 But community residents are enraged, calling the Smiths liars, profiteers, and reckless for bringing the shelter to their town. Christine Coppa, Good Housekeeping, "A Couple Is Fighting to Build a Refuge for Boys Escaping Sex Trafficking," 29 Jan. 2016 Getting that passed would be better than making millions of Californians think all charters are spawned by evil profiteers. Jay Mathews, Washington Post, "Maybe these teachers need to take a crash course in truth in advertising," 29 Apr. 2018 What is more, in many cases the war profiteers also have roles within the state. Tim Eaton, Washington Post, "Networks of profiteers run rampant in Libya. Can they be stopped?," 23 Apr. 2018 Don’t loan your name and your celebrity to a nation of profiteers and panderers and modern slave-drivers. Charles P. Pierce,, "Why Tom Brady Has No Business Promoting Qatar," 25 Apr. 2018 Hopkinson’s analysis focuses on the crossroads where two legacies meet: art created in response to white oppression and one of empire-building and their profiteers. Darcel Rockett,, "How does one respond to racist, xenophobic populism? Art plays a part, says Natalie Hopkinson.," 25 Apr. 2018 These profiteers reel in Detroiters who were in accidents with promises of up-front cash, benefits to friends and relatives to be their attendant-care providers, and hopes of a much larger payout in negligence lawsuits. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit car insurance: Why Cleveland has it way cheaper," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of profiteer

1912, in the meaning defined above

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prof·i·teer | \ˌprä-fə-ˈtir \

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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to reject or criticize sharply

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