[ kap-i-tl-ist ]
/ ˈkæp ɪ tl ɪst /


a person who has capital, especially extensive capital, invested in business enterprises.
an advocate of capitalism.
a very wealthy person.

Origin of capitalist

First recorded in 1785–95; capital1 + -ist
Related formsan·ti·cap·i·tal·ist, noun, adjectivenon·cap·i·tal·ist, nounpre·cap·i·tal·ist, noun, adjectivepro·cap·i·tal·ist, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for anticapitalist

  • The FN has become a protectionist, anticapitalist party of the dislocated working classes.

    Euro Riot Watch|David Frum|April 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for anticapitalist (1 of 2)


/ (ˌæntɪˈkæpɪtəlɪst) /


opposed to or against the principles or practice of capitalismanticapitalist riots


someone opposed to or against capitalisma group of anticapitalists

British Dictionary definitions for anticapitalist (2 of 2)


/ (ˈkæpɪtəlɪst) /


a person who owns capital, esp capital invested in a business
politics a supporter of capitalism
informal, usually derogatory a rich person


of or relating to capital, capitalists, or capitalism
Derived Formscapitalistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for anticapitalist



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