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

Definition of profiteering

: the act or activity of making an unreasonable profit on the sale of essential goods especially during times of emergency … investigations unearthed information about industrial profiteering during the First World War …— Thomas E. Ricks The real estate culture in Florida had pushed profiteering to new levels, in large part because of its condominium economy.— Paul Reyes

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Recent Examples on the Web The intended impact of some of those ideas — involving militarism, class, profiteering and Big Pharma — grows muddled, though, as the film shifts into a second half driven by action set pieces. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Mar. 2022 Price gouging and corporate profiteering are always elements of the American economy that should be studied and scrutinized. Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2022 Congressional Democrats have held hearings on supply bottlenecks and corporate profiteering related to inflation. Daniel Strauss, The New Republic, 16 Mar. 2022 Everyone knew that what Ukrainian politicians were really receiving was a blind eye turned toward their profiteering. WSJ, 7 Mar. 2022 The latest TransDigm audit and hearing followed a 2019 Pentagon report that alleged similar profiteering by TransDigm. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, 19 Jan. 2022 And in doing so, her worldview rooted in precision, fidelity, and destiny for the betterment of society was confronted with arbitrary practices, bad luck, and chaotic profiteering. Prem Ramkumar, Forbes, 14 Nov. 2021 However, pandemic profiteering could potentially end badly for sellers. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, 7 Jan. 2022 The rampant profiteering and fragmentation of care isn’t limited to drug treatment. Laura Weiss, The New Republic, 17 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of profiteering

1814, in the meaning defined above

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“Profiteering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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