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Lucre, from the Lat. lucrum, meaning gain in terms of money or wealth within the nation.

Often it is used in a negative, as in the phrase “not given to filthy lucre” from the Bible 1 Timothy 3:3.

From this, the term "filthy lucre" became slang for money.[1]

The term is also the root of the word lucrative.[2]

In fiction[edit]

  • Lucre is the currency in the Mana series.
  • The novel The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan has a hill called Lucre where the character Demas, a deceiver, beckons to pilgrims to come and join in the supposed silver mining going on in it.
  • In Dragon's Crown (video game), when the companion thief Rannie picks up treasure, he often exclaims "filthy lucre!"


  1. ^ Filthy Rich
  2. ^  Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Lucre". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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