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pelf

[ pelf ]
/ pɛlf /
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noun
money or wealth, especially when regarded with contempt or acquired by reprehensible means.
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Origin of pelf

1300–50; Middle English <Old French pelfre booty
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British Dictionary definitions for pelf

pelf
/ (pɛlf) /

noun
derogatory money or wealth, esp if dishonestly acquired; lucre

Word Origin for pelf

C14: from Old French pelfre booty; related to Latin pilāre to despoil
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