Mercantile spirit is a human trait, expressing petty prudence, excessive and unreasonable gaining profit at any cost, vain stinginess, self-interest, and excessive practicality. Synonyms of the concept under consideration are avarice, greed, greed, pampering, shkurnichestvo.
The original meaning of mercantile spirit did not carry a negative meaning. This word has French "roots". Previously, it carried a purely economic sense. The mercantile system of the 16-17 centuries meant the expansion of the sphere of foreign trade activities at the expense of other states. But at the beginning of the 20th century, the concept under consideration acquired a different meaning. Mercantile began to refer to individuals prone to stinginess, mercenaryism, stinginess, excessive practicality, prudence, self-interest.