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
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Historical Examples of empire-builder

  • 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.

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 Formsempire-building, noun, adjective
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