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Definition of 'mercenary'

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What we don't want is a foreign mercenary. The Sun (2016)These people were mercenaries mostly recruited from the ranks of soldiers who had served in the first world war. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Employment of foreign mercenaries is forbidden. Dyson, Freeman Infinite in All Directions (1989)This helps to explain why it was a common English practice to hire foreign mercenaries in wartime. French, David The British way in Warfare - 1688-2000 (1990)It brought existing units up to strength, it raised new units and it hired foreign mercenaries. French, David The British way in Warfare - 1688-2000 (1990)During the civil war he was blamed for organising killings in Benghazi and recruiting foreign mercenaries. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The film lifted with the arrival of a comical bunch of partly British mercenaries. The Sun (2008)Britain's propensity to rely on foreign mercenaries when they sent forces to the continent reached its peak in the middle of the eighteenth century. French, David The British way in Warfare - 1688-2000 (1990)He is a South African mercenary and one of my best friends. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Why can't we nurture home-grown players rather than throwing open our national league to foreign mercenaries? Times, Sunday Times (2014)He has on purpose interspersed the English and Scots with the foreign troops and mercenaries. Iain Gale Man of Honour (2007)Another is for Gulf nations to pay Western mercenaries. The Sun (2011)The British mercenaries were backed by the Saudis. The Times Literary Supplement (2011)I had met British mercenaries before. Aidan Hartley THE ZANZIBAR CHEST: A Memoir of Love and War (2003)Instead, there is a management view that the players are mercenaries, people who are there to collect a cheque. Times, Sunday Times (2015)You don't want mercenaries... to pay over the odds for players not willing to give their all for the club. Times, Sunday Times (2009)THE wife of a British mercenary accused of an African coup plot yesterday told of her fears. The Sun (2008)

Synonyms of 'mercenary'

hireling, freelance, soldier of fortune, condottiere
hired, paid, bought, venal

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Translations for 'mercenary'

British English: mercenary NOUN
A mercenary is a soldier who is paid to fight by a country or group that they do not belong to.
...the recruitment of foreign mercenaries.
British English: mercenary ADJECTIVE
If you describe someone as mercenary, you are criticizing them because you think that they are only interested in the money that they can get from a particular person or situation.
I hate to sound mercenary', he said, 'but am I getting paid to be in this play of yours?'

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