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robber baron

noun

Simple Definition of robber baron

  • : a wealthy person who tries to get land, businesses, or more money in a way that is dishonest or wrong

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of robber baron

  1. 1 :  an American capitalist of the latter part of the 19th century who became wealthy through exploitation (as of natural resources, governmental influence, or low wage scales)

  2. 2 :  a business owner or executive who acquires wealth through ethically questionable tactics

1878

First Known Use of robber baron

1878


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