Definition of filthy lucre in US English:

filthy lucre


  • Money, especially when gained in a dishonest or dishonorable way.

    • ‘Football, rugby, golf and tennis - to name but four - should be on the business pages of our newspapers rather than the back pages, given the vast sums of filthy lucre which seem to be flowing through their coffers.’
    • ‘That's an awful lot of money and while filthy lucre alone doesn't make a golf tournament, it doesn't do any harm!’
    • ‘We then had news of our supposed legislators' decision to award themselves more filthy lucre - our filthy lucre it must be added, as well as bestowing secretarial assistance on some of their number.’
    • ‘But - and this has happened before - there's nothing like a bit of filthy lucre to get the motivation up again for one last push.’
    • ‘The insidious influence of filthy lucre on how and what news is presented to us is an unavoidable fact.’
    • ‘So what about those things we didn't cover - like money, the filthy lucre!’
    • ‘I'm immune from the lure of filthy lucre and the base craving for power.’
    • ‘And that's not just because I'm attracted to the filthy lucre he gives his ‘historical advisers’.’
    • ‘And there's no sign anywhere of a lull in the crime wave, as British producers, smelling filthy lucre, are courting and flattering ex-cons by the dozen.’
    • ‘Distributors of copyrighted works who are motivated by profit need to have an identifiable location in order to receive their payments of the filthy lucre, even if this is a post office box in the middle of nowhere.’
    • ‘But I have no doubt that it shall all be sold by the time you read this, and I shall be rolling in filthy lucre once more.’
    • ‘That's one of the reasons they call it filthy lucre, I suppose.’
    • ‘Joey's legacy will be complete, and he'll clearly have been demonstrated to be above the hunt of filthy lucre in the process.’
    • ‘How do you warn a sister against being blinded by filthy lucre?’
    • ‘If I play my cards right, I can make myself useful to her and get some of that filthy lucre she generates thrown my way.’
    • ‘‘We're too isolated,’ he complains to his superiors, who turn a blind eye and deaf ear and return to counting their filthy lucre.’
    • ‘All those company executives and politicians who have put filthy lucre ahead of the humane treatment of our livestock should never be able to work or regulate in this area ever again.’
    • ‘But in any event, if my judgment is clouded here, it's clouded by my inflated ego, not by filthy lucre.’
    • ‘But who is there to prevent the council members from succumbing to the temptations of filthy lucre?’
    • ‘But both insisted it wasn't about the filthy lucre.’


Early 16th century: with biblical allusion to Tit. 1:11.