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[mam-uh n] /ˈmæm ən/
New Testament. riches or material wealth. Matt. 6:24; Luke 16:9,11,13.
(often initial capital letter) a personification of riches as an evil spirit or deity.
Origin of mammon
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin < Greek mam(m)ōnâs < Aramaic māmōnā riches
Related forms
mammonish, adjective
1. possessions, money, gold. Unabridged
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  • mammon is the word which the modern translator gives as gold.

  • But mammon was never the name of an idol or other form of false deity.

  • These difficulties, with many kindred ones, are the working of the laws of mammon.

  • Being part of the system of mammon it could do nothing else than fail.

  • The evils which mammon has wrought mammon will never remedy.

  • Even for mammon's sake Mr. Raymount was not the man to hide or mask his opinions.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Has he slain what was holiest in him to obtain gifts from Fashion or mammon?

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • To the all absorbing spirit of mammon be ascribed the evil change.

  • mammon used to drink the blood of his victims and when this was not to be had, he drank his own.

    Criminal Man Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
British Dictionary definitions for mammon


riches or wealth regarded as a source of evil and corruption
avarice or greed
Derived Forms
mammonish, adjective
mammonism, noun
mammonist, mammonite, noun
mammonistic, adjective
Word Origin
C14: via Late Latin from New Testament Greek mammōnas, from Aramaic māmōnā wealth


(New Testament) the personification of riches and greed in the form of a false god
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Word Origin and History for mammon



"personification of wealth," mid-14c., from Late Latin mammona, from Greek mamonas, from Aramaic mamona, mamon "riches, gain;" left untranslated in Greek New Testament (e.g. Matt. vi:24, Luke xvi:9-13) retained in the Vulgate, and regarded mistakenly by medieval Christians as the name of a demon.

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mammon in Culture

mammon definition

A New Testament expression for material wealth, which some people worship as a god. Figuratively, it simply means money.

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