Definition of mammon in English:

mammon

(also Mammon)

noun

  • 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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In an apparent swing toward Mammon, yet another church is turning its house of worship into a residential development for profit.’
    • ‘In backing the demolition plan, he has shown he is committed to the worship of Mammon.’
    • ‘But the producers of Jazz, it must be said, have carried out a highly successful flirtation with Mammon.’
    • ‘We need to be sure that our own leaders are not ruled by Mammon.’
    • ‘But libertinism itself is as distinct from libertarianism as worship of Mammon is distinct from conservatism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now it is becoming a festival of Mammon, much to the chagrin of the religious.’
    • ‘In a sense, serving Mammon means one is greedy.’
    • ‘It was this fusion of materialism and altruism, Mammon and God, which allowed improvement to become the leitmotiv of Georgian Britain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They adopt proposals that offer a better way of living with both God and Mammon.’
    • ‘This is a world where God has given way to Mammon.’
    • ‘York Castle must not be sacrificed to Mammon having survived fire, floods and Civil War, according to Sir Bernard Ingham.’
    • ‘If there is an idol behind the idols of corporate globalization, it is Mammon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For some, Mammon has competed effectively against Hippocrates as a figure to guide action.’
    • ‘Many Protestant denominations, with their sectarian origins, view society as inherently sinful, serving Mammon rather than God.’
    • ‘Even so, it was a pertinent reminder that when push comes to shove, we will still turn to God over Mammon.’
    affluence, prosperity, opulence, riches, means, substance, luxury, well-being, plenty, deep pockets
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Origin

Late Middle English: via late Latin from New Testament Greek mamōnas (see Matt. 6:24, Luke 16:9–13), from Aramaic māmōn riches.

Pronunciation:

mammon

/ˈmamən/