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I am using compound word "money-oriented" too much in my essay. I want another word for it. Person who not only thinks about money all the time but also earns money through any means. They are ready to earn money even in the middle of war. They don't think what is right or what is wrong. Only one thing they can think off is making money by any means. They need not to be in bad or good light. In short, they don't have any particular ethics to follow.

I want the word which is quite neutral. It should fit greedy politicians, greedy businessmen, greedy youngster, greedy person etc., but their greed to earn should be of money. One more thing, they are not thieves, or robbers but people who will earn money without thinking something is morally right or morally wrong.

Such ____ people don't have any ethics to earn money.

I will also like to use this word as a title of my essay: "_____ human society". So, little outstanding or catchy word will be helpful.

  • Synonyms of greedy: avaricious, acquisitive, covetous, rapacious, grasping, venal, cupidinous, materialistic, mercenary, predatory, usurious, possessive; grabbing, hoarding, Scroogelike; (informal)money-grubbing, money-grabbing; (informal)grabby; (rare)pleonectic, Mammonish, Mammonistic – Hot Licks Mar 24 at 2:16
  • I have gone through all the these words but neither of them encompasses entire meaning as the word quomodocunquizing by ubi hatt. – A. J. Mar 24 at 2:34
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    A good many native speakers would think you were a fool if you used the word quomodocunquizing in a serious piece. – TRomano Mar 24 at 12:23
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Perhaps the exquisite and rare adjective "quomodocunquizing" will suit your need. And, it does not have negative overtone, it is very much neutral. You can use it in all possible registers: greedy politicians, greedy businessmen, greedy youngster, greedy person, or greedy society etc. You can also use it in your essay title. It is an adjective defined as,

that makes money in any possible way

Merriam Webster referes it as an archaic (and not obsolete) word. Check side note: https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/patriotism-vs-nationalism

So, if you are driven by the desire to accumulate wealth by hook or by crook you are an "quomodocunquizing person". You don't have to be a criminal or mafia to do so, you can be quomodocunquizing businessman.

Also, if you prefer, then you can use materialistic. It is an adjective and has a somewhat negative connotation.It is a synonym of "money-oriented". Being a materialistic or money-oriented isn't an acute negative thing in the contemporary world, isn't it?

Merriam Webster: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/materialistic

excessively concerned with material possessions; money-oriented.

"we're living in a highly materialistic society"

Reference link for the word: quomodocunquizing

citation 1: Official twitter of Oxford English Dictionary

citation 2: New York Times - Daily Lexeme

citation 3: Book- There's a Word for It (Revised Edition): A Grandiloquent Guide to Life

citation 4: Book- The Horologicon By Mark Forsyth

  • What's the difference between archaic and obsolete word? – A. J. Mar 24 at 2:34
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    Archaic words are the rare words used in classic literature and obsolete words are outdated words. – Ubi hatt Mar 24 at 2:36
  • Other than this one citation and those referring to it, do you have any evidence this word is actually real? Is there any evidence it has an actual origin? Was actually used prior to appearing in Merriam Webster? Or anything to suggest it's not a hoax or joke? – David Schwartz Mar 24 at 5:15
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    I'm convinced. Have a +1. – David Schwartz Mar 24 at 5:54
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    The (only) problem with quomodocunquizing is that it's a nonce-word. I have access to the OED, so I can show you it as the OED tags it. See my imgur image here.. It does appear to mark as obsolete, as well. – Lordology Mar 24 at 10:02
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"Mercenary", as an adjective, means exactly what you describe: a person focused on making money, allowing this priority to override any moral concerns or ethics. (And being "ready to earn money even in the middle of war" is exactly the source of the word; but it can be applied to people in any context, not only soldiers of fortune.)

Oxford dictionaries has the definition as "Primarily concerned with making money at the expense of ethics."

The OED gives this definition for the adjective "mercenary":

  1. a. Of a person, organization, etc.: working or acting merely for money or other material reward; motivated by self-interest; materialistic.
    b. Of conduct, a course of action, etc., or its motivation: characterized by self-interest or the pursuit of personal gain; prompted by the desire for money or other material reward; undertaken only for personal gain.
  • I am sorry for being nebby. But, if I am not wrong than Mercenary are those type of people who take-up a job only for money. Whereas, quomodocunquzing people are those category of people who finds different means or way to earn money. Quomodocunquzing employer may employ Mercenary to do specific job, in return for money. Just a thought :) – Ubi hatt Mar 24 at 9:30
  • @Ubihatt I upvoted your answer because it is supported, and it is cited by the OED BUT the OP will have to give a definition of quomodocunquzing or at the very least, provide a link if the paper is published online to explain to readers its meaning whereas mercenary does not have any of these drawbacks. – Mari-Lou A Mar 24 at 10:32
  • @Mari-LouA do you consider Mercenary and Quomodocunquzing exactly same. I tried to explain the diff. in above comment . Can we use Mercenary for Business man or Industrialist? I am curious without being sarcastic. Open to learn :) And yes, you are right. It will be a good idea to provide link or subscripted def. of this word. – Ubi hatt Mar 24 at 10:56
  • @Ubihatt can you find at least one use of the term quomodocunquzing which isn't citing its definition or telling its readers what it means and who first used it? – Mari-Lou A Mar 24 at 11:10
  • @Ubihatt: You ask "Can we use Mercenary for Business man or Industrialist?" Yes, absolutely. It describes a person who thinks about money all the time and doesn't worry what is right or what is wrong, as the OP put it; except that it doesn't imply being criminal, like stooping to robbery (also as the OP desired). (It doesn't rule out criminality, either.) – Nick Matteo Mar 24 at 15:40
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If you feel that you're using the word "money-oriented" too much, you can replace it from time to time with a very similar one: profit-oriented. Here's how the English Oxford Living Dictionaries defines it:

Concerned with or focused on financial gain; commercial.

Using it in your examples:

Such profit-oriented people don't have any ethics to earn money.

profit-oriented human society

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