lucre

[ loo-ker ]
/ ˈlu kər /

noun

monetary reward or gain; money.

Origin of lucre

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin lucrum profit; akin to Old English lēan reward, German Lohn, Gothic, Old Norse laun
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lucre

/ (ˈluːkə) /

noun

usually facetious money or wealth (esp in the phrase filthy lucre)

Word Origin for lucre

C14: from Latin lūcrum gain; related to Old English lēan reward, German Lohn wages
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Word Origin and History for lucre

lucre


n.

late 14c., from Latin lucrum "gain, advantage, profit; wealth, riches," from PIE root *lau- "gain, profit" (cf. Greek apo-lanein "to enjoy," Gothic launs, German lohn "wages, reward," and possibly Sanskrit lotam, lotram "booty"). Filthy lucre (Tit. i:11) is Tyndale's rendering of Greek aischron kerdos.

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