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capitalist

[kap-i-tl-ist] /ˈkæp ɪ tl ɪst/
noun
1.
a person who has capital, especially extensive capital, invested in business enterprises.
2.
an advocate of capitalism.
3.
a very wealthy person.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; capital1 + -ist
Related forms
anticapitalist, noun, adjective
noncapitalist, noun
precapitalist, noun, adjective
procapitalist, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for capitalists

capitalist

/ˈkæpɪtəlɪst/
noun
1.
a person who owns capital, esp capital invested in a business
2.
(politics) a supporter of capitalism
3.
(informal) generally (derogatory) a rich person
adjective
4.
of or relating to capital, capitalists, or capitalism
Derived Forms
capitalistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for capitalists

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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