AskDefine | Define lucre

Dictionary Definition



1 informal terms for money [syn: boodle, bread, cabbage, clams, dinero, dough, gelt, kale, lettuce, lolly, loot, moolah, pelf, scratch, shekels, simoleons, sugar, wampum]
2 the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses) [syn: net income, net, net profit, profit, profits, earnings]

User Contributed Dictionary



From the Latin lucrum "profit"


  • IPA: /ˈluːkə/ or /ˈluːkɹə/


  1. Gain in money or goods; profit; riches; -- often in a negative sense.

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Extensive Definition

Lucre, from the Lat. lucrum, meaning gain in terms of money or wealth.
Often it is used in a negative manner, as in the phrase “not given to filthy lucre.” from the Bible Bible verse 1|Timothy|3:3|AV.
From this, the term "the filthy" became slang for money.

Uses In Fiction

  • The novel The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan has a hill called Lucre where the character Demas, a deceiver, beckons to pilgrims to come and join in the supposed silver mining going on in it.

See also

Other uses

lucre in French: Lucre

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

affluence, and pence, assets, bottomless purse, bulging purse, capital gains, cash, circulating medium, cleanup, clear profit, coinage, coined liberty, cold cash, currency, dividends, dollars, dough, earnings, easy circumstances, embarras de richesses, emergency money, filthy lucre, fortune, fractional currency, gain, gains, get, gettings, gleanings, gold, greenbacks, gross, gross profit, handsome fortune, hard cash, hard currency, high income, high tax bracket, hoard, income, independence, interest, jack, kale, killing, legal tender, lettuce, loot, luxuriousness, makings, mammon, managed currency, material wealth, mazuma, medium of exchange, mintage, money, money to burn, moneybags, neat profit, necessity money, net, net profit, opulence, opulency, paper profits, pelf, percentage, perk, perks, perquisite, pickings, possessions, postage currency, postal currency, pounds, proceeds, profit, profits, property, prosperity, prosperousness, rake-off, receipts, return, returns, riches, richness, scrip, shillings, silver, six-figure income, soft currency, specie, sterling, store, substance, take, take-in, the almighty dollar, the wherewith, the wherewithal, treasure, upper bracket, wealth, wealthiness, winnings
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