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May 3, 2005
This week's theme
Allusions and personifications

This week's words
gordian
mammon
gorgonize
cain
phoenix
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mammon

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mammon (MAM-uhn) noun

1. Wealth; money.

2. The personification of wealth and of inordinate desire for it; the material wealth considered having an evil influence.

[From Middle English, from Late Latin mammona, from Greek mammonas, from Aramaic mamona (riches). Mammon was personified as a false god in the New Testament.]

See more usage examples of mammon in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"Ironically, [David] Denby has just been talking about the virtues of savouring time and the 'slower gracious life' he writes about at the end of American Sucker, his memoir about the two years in which he surrendered his soul and sanity to the Mammon of the dotcom-delirious Nasdaq stock market."
Guy Somerset; Going for Broke; Dominion Post (Wellington, New Zealand); Mar 12, 2005.

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Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that! -Lewis Carroll, mathematician and writer (1832-1898)

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