Mercenary Mer"ce*na*ry, a. [OE. mercenarie, F. mercenaire, fr. L. mercenarius, fr. merces wages, reward. See {Mercy}.] 1. Acting for reward; serving for pay; paid; hired; hireling; venal; as, mercenary soldiers. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence: Moved primarily by considerations of pay or profit; greedy of gain; sordid; selfish. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

For God forbid I should my papers blot With mercenary lines, with servile pen. --Daniel. [1913 Webster]

Syn: See {Venal}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.