MERCENARY in a Sentence

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 Meanings and Examples of MERCENARY
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mercenary
 a.  interested in making money; profit oriented; hired for service in foreign army
Classic Sentence:
1  "I think you are vile and mercenary," said Scarlett, but her remark was automatic.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XIII
2  Though perhaps that is merely a synonym for mercenary.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XIII
3  I'm going to be a rich man when this war is over, Scarlett, because I was farsighted--pardon me, mercenary.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XIII
4  I may be mercenary, but I hate poverty, and don't mean to bear it a minute longer than I can help.
Little Women By Louisa May Alcott
Get Context   In CHAPTER THIRTY-ONE
5  Then she tried a child's story, which she could easily have disposed of if she had not been mercenary enough to demand filthy lucre for it.
Little Women By Louisa May Alcott
Get Context   In CHAPTER THIRTY-FOUR
6  The rest of Prince John's retinue consisted of the favourite leaders of his mercenary troops, some marauding barons and profligate attendants upon the court, with several Knights Templars and Knights of St John.
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott
Get Context   In CHAPTER VII
7  It is an advantage to get about in such a case without taking a mercenary into your confidence.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In XII. The Adventure of The Final Problem
8  I consider that notion to be a mercenary notion.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man By James Joyce
Get Context   In Chapter 5
9  But I do not approve of mercenary marriages.
The Importance of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde
Get Context   In THIRD ACT
10  Of ancient mercenaries, for example, there are the Carthaginians, who were oppressed by their mercenary soldiers after the first war with the Romans, although the Carthaginians had their own citizens for captains.
The Prince By Nicolo Machiavelli
Get Context   In CHAPTER XII — HOW MANY KINDS OF SOLDIERY THERE ARE, AND C...
11  The armies of the French have thus become mixed, partly mercenary and partly national, both of which arms together are much better than mercenaries alone or auxiliaries alone, but much inferior to one's own forces.
The Prince By Nicolo Machiavelli
Get Context   In CHAPTER XIII — CONCERNING AUXILIARIES, MIXED SOLDIERY, AN...
12  I say, therefore, that the arms with which a prince defends his state are either his own, or they are mercenaries, auxiliaries, or mixed.
The Prince By Nicolo Machiavelli
Get Context   In CHAPTER XII — HOW MANY KINDS OF SOLDIERY THERE ARE, AND C...
13  In conclusion, in mercenaries dastardy is most dangerous; in auxiliaries, valour.
The Prince By Nicolo Machiavelli
Get Context   In CHAPTER XIII — CONCERNING AUXILIARIES, MIXED SOLDIERY, AN...
14  And one's own forces are those which are composed either of subjects, citizens, or dependents; all others are mercenaries or auxiliaries.
The Prince By Nicolo Machiavelli
Get Context   In CHAPTER XIII — CONCERNING AUXILIARIES, MIXED SOLDIERY, AN...
15  The leaders of the mercenaries received a donation in gold; an argument the most persuasive to their minds, and without which all others would have proved in vain.
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott
Get Context   In CHAPTER XV
Example Sentence:
1  South African involvement in mercenary activities was approved in the National Assembly on Tuesday.
2  Virtue flies from the heart of a mercenary man.