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mammon

[ mam-uhn ]
/ ˈmæm ən /
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noun

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.

SYNONYMS FOR mammon

1 possessions, money, gold.

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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 FROM mammon

mam·mon·ish, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mammon (1 of 2)

mammon
/ (ˈmæmən) /

noun

riches or wealth regarded as a source of evil and corruption
avarice or greed

Derived forms of mammon

mammonish, adjectivemammonism, nounmammonist or mammonite, nounmammonistic, adjective

Word Origin for mammon

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

British Dictionary definitions for mammon (2 of 2)

Mammon
/ (ˈmæmən) /

noun

New Testament the personification of riches and greed in the form of a false god
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Cultural definitions for mammon

mammon

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

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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