robber baron

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  1. History/Historical. a noble who robbed travelers passing through his lands.

  2. a ruthlessly powerful U.S. capitalist or industrialist of the late 19th century considered to have become wealthy by exploiting natural resources, corrupting legislators, or other unethical means.

Origin of robber baron

First recorded in 1875–80

Words Nearby robber baron Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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