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[loo-ker] /ˈlu kər/
monetary reward or gain; money.
Origin of lucre
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin lucrum profit; akin to Old English lēan reward, German Lohn, Gothic, Old Norse laun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lucre
  • The twist to this story is that, in a town ruled by lucre, this one wasn't about the money.
  • On the other hand, purists wail: another tradition lost to filthy lucre.
  • lucre lies firstly in the proper timing of the prediction--not in its rightness.
  • Let's see where the gambling lucre goes after the city casino's huge start-up costs.
  • Saying no to any proposals that would bring in lucre in this day and age requires moral leadership.
  • But what's good for them isn't necessarily good for you, no matter how much filthy lucre they throw your way.
  • Few political families are eager to step away from the power and lucre of office.
  • It is the act of an intellectual, of someone who believes that ideas matter more than lucre.
  • All of you, please take your filthy lucre and go somewhere else so that the rest of us can enjoy our lives again.
  • It could also impede the tech giants' direct path to online advertising lucre.
British Dictionary definitions for lucre


generally (facetious) money or wealth (esp in the phrase filthy lucre)
Word Origin
C14: from Latin lūcrum gain; related to Old English lēan reward, German Lohn wages
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Word Origin and History for lucre

late 14c., from Latin lucrum "gain, advantage, profit; wealth, riches," from PIE root *lau- "gain, profit" (cf. Greek apo-lanein "to enjoy," Gothic launs, German lohn "wages, reward," and possibly Sanskrit lotam, lotram "booty"). Filthy lucre (Tit. i:11) is Tyndale's rendering of Greek aischron kerdos.

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filthy lucre

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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lucre in the Bible

from the Lat. lucrum, "gain." 1 Tim. 3:3, "not given to filthy lucre." Some MSS. have not the word so rendered, and the expression has been omitted in the Revised Version.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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