capitalist

[kap-i-tl-ist]

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
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British Dictionary definitions for precapitalist

capitalist

noun
  1. a person who owns capital, esp capital invested in a business
  2. politics a supporter of capitalism
  3. informal, usually derogatory a rich person
adjective
  1. of or relating to capital, capitalists, or capitalism
Derived Formscapitalistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for precapitalist

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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