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profiteering

[ pro-fi-teer-ing ]
/ ˌprɒ fɪˈtɪər ɪŋ /
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noun
the act or practice of seeking exorbitant profits, especially through the sale of scarce or rationed goods: The companies who raised prices before, during, or after the hurricane were charged with profiteering.
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Origin of profiteering

First recorded in 1810–15; profit + -eer + -ing1
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