mercenary
I. noun (plural -naries) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin mercenarius, irregular from merced-, merces wages — more at mercy Date: 14th century one that serves merely for wages; especially a soldier hired into foreign service II. adjective Date: 1532 1. serving merely for pay or sordid advantage ; venal; also greedy 2. hired for service in the army of a foreign country • mercenarily adverbmercenariness noun

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