Definition of mammon in US English:


(also Mammon)


  • Wealth regarded as an evil influence or false object of worship and devotion. It was taken by medieval writers as the name of the devil of covetousness, and revived in this sense by Milton.

    ‘others have forsaken Mammon in search of something on a more spiritual plane’
    • ‘But the producers of Jazz, it must be said, have carried out a highly successful flirtation with Mammon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even so, it was a pertinent reminder that when push comes to shove, we will still turn to God over Mammon.’
    • ‘They adopt proposals that offer a better way of living with both God and Mammon.’
    • ‘If there is an idol behind the idols of corporate globalization, it is Mammon.’
    • ‘In a sense, serving Mammon means one is greedy.’
    • ‘We need to be sure that our own leaders are not ruled by Mammon.’
    • ‘For some, Mammon has competed effectively against Hippocrates as a figure to guide action.’
    • ‘In an apparent swing toward Mammon, yet another church is turning its house of worship into a residential development for profit.’
    • ‘And chiefly, it says we actually are probably devotees of Mammon rather than the God of the poor and the debtor.’
    • ‘Now it is becoming a festival of Mammon, much to the chagrin of the religious.’
    • ‘He may be spending too much time in search of Mammon.’
    • ‘This is a world where God has given way to Mammon.’
    • ‘But libertinism itself is as distinct from libertarianism as worship of Mammon is distinct from conservatism.’
    • ‘Many Protestant denominations, with their sectarian origins, view society as inherently sinful, serving Mammon rather than God.’
    • ‘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 backing the demolition plan, he has shown he is committed to the worship of Mammon.’
    • ‘It was this fusion of materialism and altruism, Mammon and God, which allowed improvement to become the leitmotiv of Georgian Britain.’
    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.