View synonyms for profiteering


[ pro-fi-teer-ing ]


  1. 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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Word History and Origins

Origin of profiteering1

First recorded in 1810–15; profit ( def ) + -eer ( def ) + -ing 1( def )
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Example Sentences

For 175 years, the state has prohibited for-profit cemeteries, largely to ensure that as much money as possible goes to the upkeep of graves and to prevent profiteering from death.

In this sense fear of antitrust enforcement and the bully pulpit against corporate profiteering could dissuade price hikes.

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Illinois attempted to take a strong stand against adoption profiteering in a 2005 adoption-reform act, which barred out-of-state, for-profit intermediaries from engaging in adoption-related activities in the state.

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As we’ve heard so far, a peer-reviewed economic analysis shows these firms behave in a variety of ways that seem closer to profiteering than just profit-maximizing.

He’s used data to show profiteering at a mental health hospital and questionable practices in local law enforcement agencies.

Religious profiteering has spread beyond the tourism industry.

Grotesque profiteering aside, life release ceremonies can devastate the eco-system.

Should Courage give up her war profiteering and settle down to run an honest pub—even if it means abandoning her mute girl?

The next thing I expect is some sort of profiteering off this.

Romney let the Obama campaign pummel and define him as the profiteering-job destroyer from Bain.

There were harsh laws against profiteering in France in 1793—England in 1919 found it necessary to make quite similar laws.

However delicate a definition is framed for 'profiteering,' these packers have preyed upon the people unconscionably.

How, too, can its existence be proved, for high fixed prices are not always an evidence of profiteering methods.

Thus Nehemiah would have had ample precedent to fill his own coffers by injustice, profiteering and worse: he had the power.

And none of us are going to stand profiteering, and broken pledges, and that kind of thing!'