Mammon

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Mammon

A derogatory term for money or greed. Mammon is used to refer to an excessive desire for wealth or security, especially at the expense of others. It is derived from the New Testament.
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Absorbed by the romantic notion of organic culture, he was contemptuous of what he regarded as an irredeemable Jewish mammonism.
Concord" mocks the mammonism and ignorance of modern Americans: "Ten thousand Fords are idle here in search/Of a tradition.
In this position, Jews are attacked from all sides: by the conservatives, by Christians who view the Jews as those who defiled Jesus's blood or who bring sacrifices to Moloch, and at the same time by the radical avant-garde, which promised the liberation of humankind from Mammonism, the rule of money, in an anti-Christian, anti-capitalist, anti-bourgeois way.
While a wholly critical position was taken by such thinkers as Ruskin, Carlyle, and Newman who saw Mammonism as the greatest enemy to moral life, Victorian novelists, I suggest, sought a way to integrate the inevitably commercial element of their enterprise with the predominant novelistic credo of expanding human sympathy.