- a person who robs.
Origin of robber
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Examples from the Web for robber
The Robber Nerds, like the Robber Barons, have given tons of money to charity.
Robber Nerds exploit the poor working stiffs—but they do it in China and India where nobody gives a damn.
In an astoundingly brief time, the Party of Lincoln became the Party of Robber Barons.Miley Cyrus's Smartest Tattoo
September 28, 2013
And let me tell you that of all the Robber Barons of music, Wagner was the worst.Old Fogy
The latter is not bare like Robber's, but the hair on it is very short and thin.
He has none of the mean disposition of Robber the Brown Rat.
Hasn't Gauntmoor all the ancient inconveniences a Robber Baron could wish?Humorous Ghost Stories
Robber castles flourished, all else decayed, no highway safe.The Crown of Wild Olive</p>
Word Origin and History for robber
late 12c., from Anglo-French robbere, Old French robeor, agent noun from rober (see rob). Robber baron in the "corrupt, greedy financier" sense is attested from 1870s, from a comparison of Gilded Age capitalists to medieval European warlords.
It is the attempt of the more shrewd to take advantage of the less shrewd. It is the attempt of the strong to oppress the weak. It is the old robber baron in his castle descending, after men have planted their crops, and stealing them. [Henry Ward Beecher, sermon, "Truthfulness," 1871]
Regulation by combination means that the railroad managers are feudal lords and that you are their serfs. It means that every car load of grain or other produce of your fields and shops that passes over the New York Central shall pay heavy toll for right of transit to Vanderbilt, the robber baron of our modern feudalism, who dominates that way. [W.C. Flagg, testimony to Congress, 1874]