- a person who seeks or exacts exorbitant profits, especially through the sale of scarce or rationed goods.
- to act as a profiteer.
Origin of profiteer
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Examples from the Web for profiteer
The profiteer found a fine field in the manufacture of shoddy.The Iron Ration
George Abel Schreiner
It is the profiteer, not privation, that makes man shake his chains.A Revision of the Treaty
John Maynard Keynes
It was the policy of the Army not to "profiteer" in the United Kingdom.G. H. Q.
Neither did Hindenburg, nor any German war lord, nor any profiteer.Now It Can Be Told
Silas Angmering had evidently been what is called a profiteer.Mr. Prohack
E. Arnold Bennett
- a person who makes excessive profits, esp by charging exorbitant prices for goods in short supply
- (intr) to make excessive profits
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Word Origin and History for profiteer
Or is it simply hysteria which produces what is to-day termed "the profiteer?" It is probable that the modern profiteer is the same person whom we formerly called "the grafter, the extortioner, the robber, the gouger." ["Legal Aid Review," April 1920]
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