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[loo-ker] /ˈlu kər/
monetary reward or gain; money.
Origin of lucre
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin lucrum profit; akin to Old English lēan reward, German Lohn, Gothic, Old Norse laun Unabridged
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  • Other causes are added to lucre, or are the consequences of it.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • Here are our instruments of deception, our poisoned 75 sources of lucre.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • 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 Ellis Wynne
  • It is a work of love, not of lucre; and, as such, is commended to the brotherhood.

  • Was the man a trickster, it must be more for the love than the lucre.

    The Confidence-Man Herman Melville
  • These lacquer artists, as I have indicated, worked not for lucre, but for love.

    The Empire of the East H. B. Montgomery
  • And on what other principle is lucre himself now proceeding, or has ever proceeded?

British Dictionary definitions for lucre


generally (facetious) money or wealth (esp in the phrase filthy lucre)
Word Origin
C14: from Latin lūcrum gain; related to Old English lēan reward, German Lohn wages
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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filthy lucre

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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