- a person who seeks or exacts exorbitant profits, especially through the sale of scarce or rationed goods.
- to act as a profiteer.
Origin of profiteer
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Related Wordsunscrupulous, crooked, shady, rotten, fraudulent, nefarious, venal, unethical, untrustworthy, fraud, nepotism, crime, exploitation, malfeasance, extortion, graft, bribery, debauched, reprobate, bent
Examples from the Web for profiteering
The next thing I expect is some sort of profiteering off this.'Celebrity Rehab' Counselor: Mindy McCready Won't Be the Last
February 26, 2013
One could almost forget the illegality, the profiteering, the recklessness, and the endless casualties.Christopher Hitchens: A Young Contrarian Salutes Him
December 18, 2011
To be profiteering by capitalizing on visits with a young woman in prison seems inappropriate for a member of parliament.Knox's Powerful Fan
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 20, 2010
Art collectors were spivvy and profiteering even during the Renaissance.Charles Saatchi Answers Your Questions
The Daily Beast
May 31, 2010
These decreases have come out of the elimination of speculation and profiteering.
Such changes do not come under the category of profiteering.
There are three kinds of speculation and profiteering in the food trades.
I should hope to tell you; he is a butcher who has been arrested three times for profiteering.Jokes For All Occasions
This business of profiteering by the natives is no new phase of life in the Congo.An African Adventure
Isaac F. Marcosson
- a person who makes excessive profits, esp by charging exorbitant prices for goods in short supply
- (intr) to make excessive profits
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Word Origin and History for profiteering
Or is it simply hysteria which produces what is to-day termed "the profiteer?" It is probable that the modern profiteer is the same person whom we formerly called "the grafter, the extortioner, the robber, the gouger." ["Legal Aid Review," April 1920]
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