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  1. a person who seeks or exacts exorbitant profits, especially through the sale of scarce or rationed goods.
verb (used without object)
  1. to act as a profiteer.

Origin of profiteer

First recorded in 1910–15; profit + -eer
Related formsan·ti·prof·i·teer·ing, adjectivenon·prof·it·eer·ing, nounun·prof·it·eer·ing, adjective
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  • These decreases have come out of the elimination of speculation and profiteering.

    Herbert Hoover

    Vernon Kellogg

  • Such changes do not come under the category of profiteering.

    Herbert Hoover

    Vernon Kellogg

  • There are three kinds of speculation and profiteering in the food trades.

    Herbert Hoover

    Vernon Kellogg

  • I should hope to tell you; he is a butcher who has been arrested three times for profiteering.

  • This business of profiteering by the natives is no new phase of life in the Congo.

    An African Adventure

    Isaac F. Marcosson

British Dictionary definitions for profiteering


  1. a person who makes excessive profits, esp by charging exorbitant prices for goods in short supply
  1. (intr) to make excessive profits
Derived Formsprofiteering, noun
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Word Origin and History for profiteering



1797, but dormant in English until it was revived in World War I, from profit + -eer. From 1912 as a noun. Related: Profiteering (1814).

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]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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