Definition for MER'CE-NA-RY

MER'CE-NA-RY, a. [Fr. mercenaire; L. mercenarius, from merces, reward, wages; mercor, to buy.]

  1. Venal; that may be hired; actuated by the hope of reward; moved by the love of money; as, a mercenary prince or judge.
  2. Hired; purchased by money; as, mercenary services; mercenary soldiers.
  3. Sold for money; as, mercenary blood. Shak.
  4. Greedy of gain; mean; selfish; as, a mercenary disposition.
  5. Contracted from motives of gain; as, a mercenary marriage.

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