[ mam-uhn ]
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  1. New Testament. riches or material wealth. Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:9,11,13.

  2. (often initial capital letter) a personification of riches as an evil spirit or deity.

Origin of mammon

First recorded before 1000; Middle English, from Late Latin mammona, mammonas, mammon, from Greek mam(m)ōnâs, from Aramaic māmōnā “riches, wealth”

Other words for mammon

Other words from mammon

  • mam·mon·ish, adjective

Words Nearby mammon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use mammon in a sentence

  • When it comes to Hollywood and films about faith, God and mammon are both finding devotees.

  • He drew up his spare person, with a terrier-like shake of the head and shoulders, as of one repudiating mammon and all its works.

    Marriage la mode | Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • A man with his capital embarked, who may be a beggar on the ensuing day, cannot lie down upon roses: he is the slave of mammon.

    Newton Forster | Captain Frederick Marryat
  • Peter remembered that he had read in his little leather Bible, "You cannot serve God and mammon."

    The Boy Grew Older | Heywood Broun
  • What I like in you is that you've definitely let mammon go—it's the only decent way.

    The Tragic Muse | Henry James

British Dictionary definitions for mammon (1 of 2)


/ (ˈmæmən) /

  1. riches or wealth regarded as a source of evil and corruption

  2. avarice or greed

Origin of mammon

C14: via Late Latin from New Testament Greek mammōnas, from Aramaic māmōnā wealth

Derived forms of mammon

  • mammonish, adjective
  • mammonism, noun
  • mammonist or mammonite, noun
  • mammonistic, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for Mammon (2 of 2)


/ (ˈmæmən) /

  1. New Testament the personification of riches and greed in the form of a false god

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Cultural definitions for mammon


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

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