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capitalist

[kap-i-tl-ist] /ˈkæp ɪ tl ɪst/
noun
1.
a person who has capital, especially extensive capital, invested in business enterprises.
2.
an advocate of capitalism.
3.
a very wealthy person.
Origin of capitalist
1785-1795
1785-95; capital1 + -ist
Related forms
anticapitalist, noun, adjective
noncapitalist, noun
precapitalist, noun, adjective
procapitalist, noun, adjective
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  • The fundamental error of this system of economic organization was soon found to be desirable by the capitalist class.

    The I.W.W. Paul Frederick Brissenden
  • If you had become a capitalist you might have grown whiskers and become respectable.

    The Green Carnation Robert Smythe Hichens
  • Mind you also that this applies just as much to the man who is working for wages as to the capitalist and every owner of property.

    Fundamentals of Prosperity Roger W. Babson
  • Otherwise the continuity of the capitalist world is unthinkable.

    The American Empire Scott Nearing
  • The settler who carried out labour, found his servant desert him to occupy land acquired by the capitalist who carried out money.

British Dictionary definitions for capitalist

capitalist

/ˈkæpɪtəlɪst/
noun
1.
a person who owns capital, esp capital invested in a business
2.
(politics) a supporter of capitalism
3.
(informal) generally (derogatory) a rich person
adjective
4.
of or relating to capital, capitalists, or capitalism
Derived Forms
capitalistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for capitalist
n.

1791, "man of money," from French capitaliste, a coinage of the Revolution and a term of reproach; see capital (n.1) + -ist. Related: Capitalistic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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