- monetary reward or gain; money.
Origin of lucre
Examples from the Web for lucre
America with lakes of lucre, waves of wampum, a Superstorm Sandy of simoleons, a Hurricane Katrina of cash.The Federal Government Has Violated My Right to Chainsaw
P. J. O’Rourke
April 27, 2014
He should stop wasting his time taunting Rick Perry with penny-ante bets and put his lucre to good use.Eight Ways Mitt Romney Could Beat Newt Gingrich
December 16, 2011
Other causes are added to lucre, or are the consequences of it.The Sexual Question
Here are our instruments of deception, our poisoned 75 sources of lucre.The Book of Khalid
The professor does not practice this art for the lucre of gain, but he understands it in detail.The Gypsies
Charles G. Leland
Spain would have the princess Lucre, in despite of Holland and all the Jews.The Sleeping Bard
It is a work of love, not of lucre; and, as such, is commended to the brotherhood.
- usually facetious money or wealth (esp in the phrase filthy lucre)
Word Origin and History for lucre
late 14c., from Latin lucrum "gain, advantage, profit; wealth, riches," from PIE root *lau- "gain, profit" (cf. Greek apo-lanein "to enjoy," Gothic launs, German lohn "wages, reward," and possibly Sanskrit lotam, lotram "booty"). Filthy lucre (Tit. i:11) is Tyndale's rendering of Greek aischron kerdos.