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mercenary

adjective uk   /ˈmɜː.sən.ri/ us    /ˈmɝː-/ disapproving
interested only in the amount of money that you can get from a situation: He had some mercenary scheme to marry a wealthy widow.Greedy

mercenary

noun [C] uk   /ˈmɜː.sən.ri/ us    /ˈmɝː-/
a soldier who fights for any country or group that pays themSoldiers and people who fight in wars
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