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

n informal terms for money

boodle, bread, cabbage, clams, dinero, dough, gelt, kale, lettuce, lolly, loot, moolah, pelf, scratch, shekels, simoleons, sugar, wampum
Type of:
the most common medium of exchange; functions as legal tender

n the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses)

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
the amount added to the cost to determine the asking price
(finance) profits that are not paid out as dividends but are added to the capital base of the corporation
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
short for dividend; especially one paid by a cooperative society
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the financial gain (earned or unearned) accruing over a given period of time

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