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empire builder

a person who plans or works to extend dominion or control, as over territory, political organizations, or business enterprises.
Origin of empire builder
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • He was no common man, but an empire-builder in the brave days of old.

    William Black John Maclean
  • He was not destined to become an empire-builder in the Colonies.

    Oliver Goldsmith E. S. Lang Buckland
  • But she ought to go to a home and be trained to marry an empire-builder.

    Happy Pollyooly

    Edgar Jepson
  • He named a Canadian statesman and empire-builder whose integrity was beyond all suspicion.

    Swirling Waters Max Rittenberg
  • The ghost of the great empire-builder rises before the astonished spectators, enquiring what trouble has overtaken his land.

    Authors of Greece T. W. Lumb
  • The German Emperor had proved himself a great empire-builder, but it was not his own empire that he was building.

British Dictionary definitions for empire-builder


(informal) a person who seeks extra power for its own sake, esp by increasing the number of his subordinates or staff
Derived Forms
empire-building, noun, adjective
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