Synonyms for Mercenary:
miserly, monopolistic, acquisitive, rapacious, money-grubbing, selfish, venal, Cadging, usurious, avaricious, greedy, hoarding, grasping, possessive, sordid.
•greedy for money (adjective)
grasping, sordid, stingy, money-grubbing, venal, miserly, avaricious, corrupt, selfish, acquisitive.
n.self-centered, inward-looking, cynical, self-seeking, ungenerous, self-absorbed. gi, commando, grenadier, self, cannon fodder, foot soldier, green beret, crew, crooked, bombardier, corrupt, airwoman, praetorian, airman. •acquisitive (noun)
•person who fights, kills for money (noun)
Usage examples for mercenary
The rules of attack and of self- defence are alike unknown to him; he can neither give nor take; he is attracted by women, and stands in awe of them; his very good qualities tell against him, he is all generosity and modesty, and completely innocent of mercenary designs. – The Country Doctor by Honore de Balzac