mammonish

mammon

[mam-uhn]
noun
1.
New Testament. riches or material wealth. Matt. 6:24; Luke 16:9,11,13.
2.
(often initial capital letter) a personification of riches as an evil spirit or deity.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin < Greek mam(m)ōnâs < Aramaic māmōnā riches

mammonish, adjective


1. possessions, money, gold.
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mammon (ˈmæmən)
 
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1.  riches or wealth regarded as a source of evil and corruption
2.  avarice or greed
 
[C14: via Late Latin from New Testament Greek mammōnas, from Aramaic māmōnā wealth]
 
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Mammon (ˈmæmən)
 
n
New Testament the personification of riches and greed in the form of a false god

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mammon
"personification of wealth," mid-14c., from L.L. mammona, from Gk. mammonas, from Aramaic mamona, mamon "riches, gain," left untranslated in Gk. N.T. (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.
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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 definition


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).

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