prof·i·teer /ˌprä-fə-'tir/ n: one who makes what is considered an unreasonable profit esp. on the sale of essential goods during times of emergency (as during wartime)
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  • profiteer — prof‧i‧teer [ˌprɒfˈtɪə ǁ ˌprɑːfˈtɪr] noun [countable] disapproving FINANCE a person or organization that makes unfairly large profits, for example by selling things that are hard to get at very high prices: • A handful of profiteers are using… …   Financial and business terms

  • profiteer — [präf΄i tir′] n. [ PROFIT + EER] a person who makes excessive profits, esp. by taking advantage of a shortage of supply to charge exorbitant prices vi. to be a profiteer …   English World dictionary

  • profiteer — 1797 as a verb, but dormant until revived in World War I; 1912 as a noun. From PROFIT (Cf. profit) + EER (Cf. eer). Related: Profiteering …   Etymology dictionary

  • profiteer — ► VERB (often as noun profiteering) ▪ make an excessive or unfair profit. ► NOUN ▪ a person who profiteers …   English terms dictionary

  • profiteer — UK [ˌprɒfɪˈtɪə(r)] / US [ˌprɑfɪˈtɪr] verb [intransitive] Word forms profiteer : present tense I/you/we/they profiteer he/she/it profiteers present participle profiteering past tense profiteered past participle profiteered to make large profits by …   English dictionary

  • profiteer — n. a war profiteer * * * [ˌprɒfɪ tɪə] a war profiteer …   Combinatory dictionary

  • profiteer — noun Date: 1912 one who makes what is considered an unreasonable profit especially on the sale of essential goods during times of emergency • profiteer intransitive verb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • profiteer — /prof i tear /, n. 1. a person who seeks or exacts exorbitant profits, esp. through the sale of scarce or rationed goods. v.i. 2. to act as a profiteer. [1910 15; PROFIT + EER] * * * …   Universalium

  • profiteer — [[t]prɒ̱fɪtɪ͟ə(r)[/t]] profiteers N COUNT: usu pl (disapproval) If you describe someone as a profiteer, you are critical of them because they make large profits by charging high prices for goods that are hard to get. ...a new social class… …   English dictionary

  • profiteer — noun (C) someone who makes unfairly large profits, especially by selling things at very high prices when they are difficult to get: black market profiteers profiteer verb (I) profiteering noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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