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profiteer

noun [C] uk   /ˌprɒf.ɪˈtɪər/ us    /ˌprɑː.fɪˈtɪr/ disapproving
a person who takes advantage of a situation in which other people are suffering to make a profit, often by selling goods that are difficult to get at a high price: a war profiteer
profiteering
noun [U] uk   /-ɪŋ/ us  
The pharmaceutical company has been charged with profiteering from the AIDS crisis.
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