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[mam-uh n] /ˈmæm ən/
New Testament. riches or material wealth. Matt. 6:24; Luke 16:9,11,13.
(often initial capital letter) a personification of riches as an evil spirit or deity.
Origin of mammon
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin < Greek mam(m)ōnâs < Aramaic māmōnā riches
Related forms
mammonish, adjective
1. possessions, money, gold. Unabridged
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  • In "mammon and Co." the good genius of the tale is an American girl.

    Mammon and Co. E. F. Benson
  • I do not know how to worship God and mammon at the same time.

    No Compromise with Slavery William Lloyd Garrison
  • Heed not if half-wits mock your broken blade: mammon our master doeth all things ill.

    Poems G.K. Chesterton
  • mammon is like Fire; the usefulest of all servants, if the frightfulest of all masters!

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
  • This is the mammon of our conceit upon whose altars we are willing to offer up the sacrifice of the wasted earth.

  • To stop these modern wars they must be made unprofitable to mammon.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • Then Alexa was handsome—he thought her very handsome, and, true to mammon, he would gladly be true also to something better.

    The Elect Lady George MacDonald
  • mammon, the world—ah, is it not adverse to the interests of our souls?

    The Parables of Our Lord William Arnot
  • The real and most deadly enemies with which the missionary has to contend are infidelity and mammon worship.

British Dictionary definitions for mammon


riches or wealth regarded as a source of evil and corruption
avarice or greed
Derived Forms
mammonish, adjective
mammonism, noun
mammonist, mammonite, noun
mammonistic, adjective
Word Origin
C14: via Late Latin from New Testament Greek mammōnas, from Aramaic māmōnā wealth


(New Testament) the personification of riches and greed in the form of a false god
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Word Origin and History for mammon



"personification of wealth," mid-14c., from Late Latin mammona, from Greek mamonas, from Aramaic mamona, mamon "riches, gain;" left untranslated in Greek New Testament (e.g. Matt. vi:24, Luke xvi:9-13) retained in the Vulgate, and regarded mistakenly by medieval Christians as the name of a demon.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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mammon in Culture

mammon definition

A New Testament expression for material wealth, which some people worship as a god. Figuratively, it simply means money.

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mammon in the Bible

a Chaldee or Syriac word meaning "wealth" or "riches" (Luke 16:9-11); also, by personification, the god of riches (Matt. 6:24; Luke 16:9-11).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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