One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Concerned with profit; moneymaking.
greedy, hoarding, covetous, avaricious, possessive, grasping, grabbing, predatory, avid, rapacious, mercenary, materialistic, money-orientedView synonyms
- ‘The quaestuary preachers drain the very blood and marrow of the poor simple people.’
- ‘In 1567, it was found necessary to prohibit quaestuary, or venal indulgences.’
- ‘Her death seemed personal, though, not the act of a quaestuary hitman, someone into killing for profit.’
- ‘This may be termed the qaestuary class, this being the end which they aim at.’
Late 16th century: from Latin quaestuarius, from quaestus ‘gain’.
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