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profiteer

[prof-i-teer] /ˌprɒf ɪˈtɪər/
noun
1.
a person who seeks or exacts exorbitant profits, especially through the sale of scarce or rationed goods.
verb (used without object)
2.
to act as a profiteer.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; profit + -eer
Related forms
antiprofiteering, adjective
nonprofiteering, noun
unprofiteering, adjective
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  • His critics call him a profiteer of the foreclosure crisis.
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  • In the first place, it discredits the state, represented in the popular mind by a grasping private profiteer.
  • The chief point of interest in this production is the profiteer, his greed and vulgarity.
  • People are gonna want to come to our city and they're gonna want to profiteer off our gambling industry.
British Dictionary definitions for profiteer

profiteer

/ˌprɒfɪˈtɪə/
noun
1.
a person who makes excessive profits, esp by charging exorbitant prices for goods in short supply
verb
2.
(intransitive) to make excessive profits
Derived Forms
profiteering, noun
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Word Origin and History for profiteer
v.

1797, but dormant in English until it was revived in World War I, from profit + -eer. From 1912 as a noun. Related: Profiteering (1814).

Or is it simply hysteria which produces what is to-day termed "the profiteer?" It is probable that the modern profiteer is the same person whom we formerly called "the grafter, the extortioner, the robber, the gouger." ["Legal Aid Review," April 1920]

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