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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
First recorded in 1785-95; capital1 + -ist
Related forms
anticapitalist, noun, adjective
noncapitalist, noun
precapitalist, noun, adjective
procapitalist, noun, adjective
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Examples from the Web for capitalist
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  • "An anarchist is merely a capitalist without money or power," he quoted.

    The End of Time Wallace West
  • He sprung that on me today, when I thought I was about to begin my career as a capitalist.

  • Did he want Moore to tell them that he was a capitalist found out and punished?

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • The explorer of the capitalist syndicate was still enthusiastic.

  • All statutes, ordinances and other enactments of capitalist government are repealed.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
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.

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