New Testament. riches or material wealth. Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:9,11,13.
(often initial capital letter) a personification of riches as an evil spirit or deity.
- mam·mon·ish, adjective
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How to use mammon in a sentence
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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
His extreme love of money overcame every other consideration; and to this idol, mammon, he even sacrificed brotherly affection.
British Dictionary definitions for mammon (1 of 2)
riches or wealth regarded as a source of evil and corruption
avarice or greed
- mammonish, adjective
- mammonism, noun
- mammonist or mammonite, noun
- mammonistic, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for Mammon (2 of 2)
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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