Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Lucre Definition:

Financial advantage taken in bad faith.
The 1989 Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd Edition characterizes lucre as:

"Gain, profit, pecuniary advantage .... now only with unfavorable implication."
Similar but distinct from the word lucrative, the latter without any negative connotation.

Notice the use of the word in the Maine (USA) attorney's oath of office:

"You solemnly swear that you will do no falsehood nor consent to the doing of any in court, and that if you know of an intention to commit any, you will give knowledge thereof to the justices of the court or some of them that it may be prevented; you will not wittingly or willingly promote or sue any false, groundless or unlawful suit nor give aid or consent to the same; that you will delay no man for lucre or malice, but will conduct yourself in the office of an attorney within the courts according to the best of your knowledge and discretion, and with all good fidelity, as well as to the courts, as to your clients. So help you God."


  • Maine's Revised Statutes, 2011, Title 4, "Judiciary", Chapter 17, §806

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