Definition of profiteer in English:



[NO OBJECT]often as noun profiteering
  • Make or seek to make an excessive or unfair profit, especially illegally.

    ‘seven food merchants were charged with profiteering’
    • ‘Science has played into the hands of reaction and extreme-right profiteering since the days of the Industrial Revolution.’
    • ‘In this case, however, I suspect the motivation is just good old-fashioned profiteering.’
    • ‘As a result of the restrictions and profiteering, farmers left crops to rot in the fields and there are reports of malnutrition.’
    • ‘Possibly they were simply profiteering from the sudden influx of US support, or stocking up in anticipation of a future power struggle.’
    • ‘‘They are profiteering from it and we should be making it clear that the time is up for them,’ he stated.’
    • ‘Overall, their problem was not middlemen profiteering but inadequate demand.’
    • ‘Of course, facilitators like Joe see no ethical conflict in profiteering on their connections.’
    • ‘Banks and ATM operators must not be allowed to engage in profiteering at the expense of people in rural and regional areas.’
    • ‘To prevent profiteering on bad news, the wagers would have been kept small.’
    • ‘There may be as much ideology here as profiteering, but we don't yet know.’
    • ‘Vendors and seamstresses are profiteering from the sale of these items, and those interviewed have said that they are just trying to make a living.’
    • ‘He shows how desertions, profiteering, hoarding, and plunder were widespread.’
    • ‘Land would only be released to young locals who wished to settle in the area, and financial rules would be put in place to prevent profiteering if they wanted to sell and move on.’
    • ‘So we must contend that this was just a shot at profiteering that they thought they'd get away with but got caught.’
    • ‘US and French delegates immediately rejected the idea declaring that it could lead to smuggling and profiteering.’
    • ‘‘No one is going to be seen to be profiteering from these tragic events,’ one senior trader said at the weekend.’
    • ‘In other words, everything would have been fine if Andy had just kept his sideboard profiteering in check.’
    • ‘We repeat our central point that what is needed to combat profiteering across a wide range of goods is price control on essential goods and services.’
    • ‘While war can result in profit for a few, it is not the case that the entire system of a free economy depends on such wartime profiteering.’
    • ‘The people profiteering off of the growth perpetuate the problem and have a human obligation to correct the problems.’
    overcharge, racketeer, make an excessive profit, make an illegal profit
    extortion, racketeering, exploitation
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  • A person who profiteers.

    ‘a war profiteer’
    • ‘So the futures of over 3500 workers and their families are under threat from profiteers who are unaccountable to these workers or to anyone else - unaccountable to any franchise other than their major shareholders.’
    • ‘They chanted anti-government slogans and carried placards denouncing the war profiteers.’
    • ‘The beneficiaries were profiteers from war industries whose boldly flaunted new wealth intensified social tensions.’
    • ‘As wars create profiteers and environmental destruction, they also raise the opportunity for building real democratic control from below over the earth's richest resources.’
    • ‘I also see the other side of the coin, and I believe that most of the companies in the cleanup game are no better than war profiteers.’
    • ‘Scorsese has achieved a first here: making a film that celebrates a war profiteer.’
    • ‘Until the public shakes loose the iron grip of these money-grabbing profiteers, crime and the prison population will continue to rise.’
    • ‘Without warning, they proceeded to side with the corporate war profiteers, and use violence to suppress nonviolent free speech.’
    • ‘The report pointed out some of the worst of the war profiteers.’
    • ‘In a country that promotes the virtues of the free market, he died for the benefit of the war profiteers and for very little benefit to himself.’
    • ‘The experience tilted the historical scales towards the war profiteers and the army's most successful commander - Napoleon Bonaparte.’
    • ‘He was, in other words, a war profiteer - though a very unskilled one, unable to survive his exile without borrowing even more money from the brother-in-law who had once sent him smuggling.’
    • ‘To the region's hydroelectric profiteers, this means that ‘their’ generators are being ‘robbed’ of kilowatt dollars by juvenile salmon.’
    • ‘It is not hyperbole to say that those beneficiaries of wartime tax cuts and contract deals should now be called war profiteers.’
    • ‘It will become even harder to swing public opinion behind humanitarian interventions if war profiteers and racist thugs are direct beneficiaries.’
    • ‘That can then lay the basis for future battles to begin rolling back privatisation and drive the profiteers out of public services.’
    • ‘The city's streets are congested with men pushing heavy bricks and building materials on carts among the sport utility vehicles of relief workers, government officials, diplomats and drug profiteers.’
    • ‘While some people were busy fighting and dying, war profiteers made fortunes selling rotten food, unserviceable uniforms and non-working weapons.’
    • ‘They had an affiliation with mobsters, drug dealings, illegal profiteers, and more, where they would store money, risk-free and securely, for everyone.’
    • ‘The streets, once bustling with peddlers, coca farmers and shady profiteers are now quiet at night.’
    extortionist, extortioner, racketeer, exploiter, black marketeer
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