lucre

Lucre is another word for money, or profit. It's most often used to describe money gotten illegally or immorally.

Well-heeled bankers and lawyers make profits; drug dealers and bank robbers get filthy, rotten lucre. You might think of lucre as the term that gets at the dark side of capitalism. Some people will do anything in the pursuit of lucre. Political groups that call Hollywood immoral still accept the lucre that it offers. We all love money, except when it causes us to do terrible things to ourselves and others. Then it's lucre.

Definitions of lucre
  1. noun
    informal terms for money
    synonyms: boodle, bread, cabbage, clams, dinero, dough, gelt, kale, lettuce, lolly, loot, moolah, pelf, scratch, shekels, simoleons, sugar, wampum
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    money
    the most common medium of exchange; functions as legal tender
  2. noun
    the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses)
    synonyms: earnings, net, net income, net profit, profit, profits
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    earning per share
    the portion of a company's profit allocated to each outstanding share of common stock
    windfall profit
    profit that occurs unexpectedly as a consequence of some event not controlled by those who profit from it
    cleanup, killing
    a very large profit
    fast buck, quick buck
    quick or easy earnings, "they are traders out to make a fast buck"
    filthy lucre
    shameful profit
    gross profit, gross profit margin, margin
    (finance) the net sales minus the cost of goods and services sold
    markup
    the amount added to the cost to determine the asking price
    accumulation
    (finance) profits that are not paid out as dividends but are added to the capital base of the corporation
    dividend
    that part of the earnings of a corporation that is distributed to its shareholders; usually paid quarterly
    fund, stock, store
    a supply of something available for future use
    backlog, reserve, stockpile
    something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose
    stock dividend
    a dividend paid in stock rather than in cash
    extra dividend
    a dividend paid in addition to the regular dividend
    equalizing dividend
    a dividend paid to compensate shareholders for losses resulting from a change in the dividend schedule
    divvy
    short for dividend; especially one paid by a cooperative society
    type of:
    income
    the financial gain (earned or unearned) accruing over a given period of time
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