Definition of Mammon in English:



  • [mass noun] Wealth regarded as an evil influence or false object of worship and devotion.

    ‘others have forsaken Mammon in search of something on a more spiritual plane’
    • ‘It was this fusion of materialism and altruism, Mammon and God, which allowed improvement to become the leitmotiv of Georgian Britain.’
    • ‘This is a world where God has given way to Mammon.’
    • ‘In backing the demolition plan, he has shown he is committed to the worship of Mammon.’
    • ‘We need to be sure that our own leaders are not ruled by Mammon.’
    • ‘They adopt proposals that offer a better way of living with both God and Mammon.’
    • ‘But libertinism itself is as distinct from libertarianism as worship of Mammon is distinct from conservatism.’
    • ‘But the producers of Jazz, it must be said, have carried out a highly successful flirtation with Mammon.’
    • ‘York Castle must not be sacrificed to Mammon having survived fire, floods and Civil War, according to Sir Bernard Ingham.’
    • ‘The business of a journalist is to destroy truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, fall at the feet of Mammon, and sell himself for daily bread.’
    • ‘In a sense, serving Mammon means one is greedy.’
    • ‘If there is an idol behind the idols of corporate globalization, it is Mammon.’
    • ‘Many Protestant denominations, with their sectarian origins, view society as inherently sinful, serving Mammon rather than God.’
    • ‘In an apparent swing toward Mammon, yet another church is turning its house of worship into a residential development for profit.’
    • ‘Even so, it was a pertinent reminder that when push comes to shove, we will still turn to God over Mammon.’
    • ‘For some, Mammon has competed effectively against Hippocrates as a figure to guide action.’
    • ‘The new building rounds off the composition of the square, its entrance placed directly on axis with the church entrance; God and Mammon in momentary equilibrium.’
    • ‘He admits he lived life to the full in the rock and roll industry before finding God, and is unabashed about using Mammon to reach heaven.’
    • ‘And chiefly, it says we actually are probably devotees of Mammon rather than the God of the poor and the debtor.’
    • ‘He may be spending too much time in search of Mammon.’
    • ‘Now it is becoming a festival of Mammon, much to the chagrin of the religious.’
    affluence, prosperity, opulence, riches, means, substance, luxury, well-being, plenty, deep pockets
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Late Middle English: via late Latin from New Testament Greek mamōnas (see Matt. 6:24, Luke 16:9–13), from Aramaic māmōn riches. The word was taken by medieval writers as the name of the devil of covetousness, and revived in this sense by Milton.