profiteer

[ prof-i-teer ]
/ ˌprɒf ɪˈtɪər /

noun

a person who seeks or exacts exorbitant profits, especially through the sale of scarce or rationed goods.

verb (used without object)

to act as a profiteer.

Origin of profiteer

First recorded in 1910–15; profit + -eer
Related formsan·ti·prof·i·teer·ing, adjectivenon·prof·it·eer·ing, nounun·prof·it·eer·ing, adjective
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profiteer

/ (ˌprɒfɪˈtɪə) /

noun

a person who makes excessive profits, esp by charging exorbitant prices for goods in short supply

verb

(intr) to make excessive profits
Derived Formsprofiteering, noun
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Word Origin and History for profiteering

profiteer


v.

1797, but dormant in English until it was revived in World War I, from profit + -eer. From 1912 as a noun. Related: Profiteering (1814).

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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