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From Middle English lūcre, lucor, lucour, lucur (gain in money, profit; money; wages; illicit gain; advantage, benefit), from Old French lucre or Latin lucrum (advantage, profit; love of gain, avarice),[1][2] from Proto-Indo-European *leh₂u- (gain, profit) + *-tlom (variant of *-trom (suffix forming nouns denoting tools or instruments)).



lucre (uncountable)

  1. Money, riches, or wealth, especially when seen as having a corrupting effect or causing greed, or obtained in an underhanded manner.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, [], OCLC 964384981, 1 Timothy 3:2–3:
      A Biſhop then muſt be blameleſſe, the huſband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behauiour, giuen to hoſpitalitie, apt to teach; / Not giuen to wine, no ſtriker, not greedy of filthy lucre, but patient, not a brawler, not couetous; []
    • 1678, John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress; [], London: Printed for Nath. Ponder; [], OCLC 228725984; reprinted as The Pilgrim’s Progress (The Noel Douglas Replicas), London: Noel Douglas, [], 1928, OCLC 5190338, page 145:
      By-ends and Silver-Demas both agree; / One calls, the other runs, that he may be / A ſharer in his lucre; ſo theſe two / Take up in this World, and no further go.
    • 1810 July 13, William Cobbett, “To the Reader”, in Cobbett’s Weekly Political Register, volume XVIII, number 1, London: Printed by T[homas] C[urson] Hansard, Peterborough Court, Fleet Street; and sold by Richard Bagshaw, Brydges Street, Covent-Garden, and John Budd, Pall-Mall, published 14 July 1810, OCLC 1013264609, columns 13–14:
      When a man bargains for the price of maintaining such or such principles, or of endeavouring to make out such or such a case, without believing in the soundness of the principles or the truth of the case; such a man, whether he touch the cash (or paper-money) before or after the performance of his work, and whether he work with his tongue or his pen, may, I think be fairly charged with seeking after "base lucre;" for he, in such case, manifestly sells not only the use of his talents, but his sincerity into the bargain, and drives a traffic as nearly allied to soul-selling as any thing in this world can be; []
    • 1884 December, Robert Louis Stevenson, “The Body Snatcher”, in Pall Mall Christmas “Extra”, London, OCLC 8727467; republished as “The Body-snatcher”, in The Novels and Tales of Robert Louis Stevenson: The Black Arrow; The Misadventures of John Nicholson; The Body-snatcher, volume 8, New York, N.Y.: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1895, OCLC 36815916, page 421:
      [] [I]t's only fair that you should pocket the lucre. I've had my share already.


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  1. ^ lūcre, n.” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 15 April 2018.
  2. ^ lucre” (US) / “lucre” (UK) in Oxford Dictionaries, Oxford University Press.

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  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of lucrar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of lucrar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of lucrar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of lucrar




  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of lucrar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of lucrar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of lucrar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of lucrar.