mammon

[mam-uhn]
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noun
  1. New Testament. riches or material wealth. Matt. 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

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin < Greek mam(m)ōnâs < Aramaic māmōnā riches
Related formsmam·mon·ish, adjective

Synonyms for mammon

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1. possessions, money, gold.
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Related Words for mammon

avarice, riches, wealth, gain

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British Dictionary definitions for mammon

mammon

noun
  1. riches or wealth regarded as a source of evil and corruption
  2. avarice or greed
Derived Formsmammonish, adjectivemammonism, nounmammonist or mammonite, nounmammonistic, adjective

Word Origin for mammon

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

Mammon

noun
  1. New Testament the personification of riches and greed in the form of a false god
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Word Origin and History for mammon

Mammon

n.

"personification of wealth," mid-14c., from Late Latin mammona, from Greek mamonas, from Aramaic mamona, mamon "riches, gain;" left untranslated in Greek New Testament (e.g. Matt. vi:24, Luke xvi:9-13) retained in the Vulgate, and regarded mistakenly by medieval Christians as the name of a demon.

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mammon in Culture

mammon

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

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