lucre ˈlü-kər noun
1. informal term for money
2. the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses)
The word lucre has appeared in six articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Feb. 6 in the Opinion essay “Abolish Billionaires” by Farhad Manjoo:
I cover technology, an industry that belches up a murder of new billionaires annually, and much of my career has required a deep anthropological inquiry into billionairedom. But I’m embarrassed to say I had never before considered Mr. Scocca’s idea — that if we aimed, through public and social policy, simply to discourage people from attaining and possessing more than a billion in lucre, just about everyone would be better off.