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[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.
1785-95; capital1 + -ist
Related forms
anticapitalist, noun, adjective
noncapitalist, noun
precapitalist, noun, adjective
procapitalist, noun, adjective Unabridged
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  • In two decades, private-equity firms have moved from the outer fringe to the centre of the capitalist system.
  • He has also been a high-tech entrepreneur and a venture capitalist.
  • Perhaps every revolution, even a capitalist one, eats its children.
  • The capitalist system would remain in so far as it is necessary to have ambition, drive, and enthusiasm for the new way forward.
  • Excellent strategy-you never know if there's a venture capitalist hiding behind that fanny pack.
  • Rather than millions in funding, however, first prize was a one-on-one mentoring session with a venture capitalist.
  • If all goes well and a venture capitalist is interested in working with you, a term sheet will be issued.
  • capitalist logic, ie the motion of capital does not ask such questions nor does it care to answer them.
  • You're a tiny cog in the capitalist machine that's destroying the planet-and your own soul.
  • Consumption is not some sort of money driven capitalist evil.
British Dictionary definitions for capitalist


a person who owns capital, esp capital invested in a business
(politics) a supporter of capitalism
(informal) generally (derogatory) a rich person
of or relating to capital, capitalists, or capitalism
Derived Forms
capitalistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for capitalist

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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