Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun mercenary

1 sense of mercenary

Sense 1
mercenary, soldier of fortune -- (a person hired to fight for another country than their own)
       => adventurer, venturer -- (a person who enjoys taking risks)

Antonyms of adj mercenary

3 senses of mercenary

Sense 1
materialistic, mercenary, worldly-minded -- (marked by materialism)

INDIRECT (VIA worldly) -> unworldly -- (not concerned with the temporal world or swayed by mundane considerations; "was unworldly and did not greatly miss worldly rewards"- Sheldon Cheney)

Sense 2
mercenary (prenominal), free-lance (prenominal), freelance (prenominal) -- (serving for wages in a foreign army; "mercenary killers")

INDIRECT (VIA paid) -> unpaid -- (not paid; "unpaid wages"; "an unpaid bill")

Sense 3
mercantile, mercenary, moneymaking (prenominal) -- (profit oriented; "a commercial book"; "preached a mercantile and militant patriotism"- John Buchan; "a mercenary enterprise"; "a moneymaking business")

INDIRECT (VIA commercial) -> noncommercial -- (not connected with or engaged in commercial enterprises)

Similarity of adj mercenary

3 senses of mercenary

Sense 1
materialistic, mercenary, worldly-minded -- (marked by materialism)
       => worldly (vs. unworldly), secular, temporal -- (characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world; "worldly goods and advancement"; "temporal possessions of the church")

Sense 2
mercenary (prenominal), free-lance (prenominal), freelance (prenominal) -- (serving for wages in a foreign army; "mercenary killers")
       => paid (vs. unpaid) -- (marked by the reception of pay; "paid work"; "a paid official"; "a paid announcement"; "a paid check")

Sense 3
mercantile, mercenary, moneymaking (prenominal) -- (profit oriented; "a commercial book"; "preached a mercantile and militant patriotism"- John Buchan; "a mercenary enterprise"; "a moneymaking business")
       => commercial (vs. noncommercial) -- (connected with or engaged in or sponsored by or used in commerce or commercial enterprises; "commercial trucker"; "commercial TV"; "commercial diamonds")

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