- 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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- 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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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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