What does the word mercenary mean?

Usage examples for mercenary

  1. For the power of Athens is more mercenary than national; while ours will not be exposed to the same risk, as its strength lies more in men than in money. – The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
  2. " Or, in other words," he added, " is she not a very mercenary person?" – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  3. In regard to honesty, the man was superior to the woman, because his purpose was declared, and he told no lies;- but the one was as mercenary as the other. – The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope