Origin of pecuniary
Examples from the Web for pecuniary
Yet according to Hamilton, “it was quickly apparent that other than pecuniary consolation would be acceptable.”
Many Democrats have found the pecuniary power of Republican Super PACS highly intimidating.DIY Swift-Boating: Alexandra Kerry Launches Ad Your Voice 2012|Judith Grey|October 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Forced labour also was exacted, and artisans and tradesmen were subjected to pecuniary levies.
People are now more independent of each other, and service has become a pecuniary and not a sentimental question.Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character|Edward Bannerman Ramsay
In public employment from early life and during the greatest part of his life, no pecuniary benefit had resulted to him.Thirty Years' View (Vol. II of 2)|Thomas Hart Benton
A pecuniary compensation is in the power of opulent families.Practical Education, Volume II|Maria Edgeworth
If he would only stay away and do that, I would appease his wrath when we were alone together with pecuniary satisfaction.The O'Conors of Castle Conor|Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for pecuniary
Word Origin for pecuniary
Word Origin and History for pecuniary
c.1500, from Latin pecuniarius "pertaining to money," from pecunia "money, property, wealth," from pecu "cattle, flock," from PIE root *peku- "wealth, movable property, livestock" (cf. Sanskrit pasu- "cattle," Gothic faihu "money, fortune," Old English feoh "cattle, money").
Livestock was the measure of wealth in the ancient world. For a possible parallel sense development in Old English, see fee, and cf., evolving in the other direction, cattle. Cf. also Welsh tlws "jewel," cognate with Irish tlus "cattle," connected via notion of "valuable thing."