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robber baron

History/Historical. a noble who robbed travelers passing through his lands.
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
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His philanthropic activity also contradicts the stock image of the greedy robber baron.
  • Prison was his makeover, from detested robber baron to beloved martyr.
  • But when you're not playing for real-world stakes and you're the robber baron, it's easy to enjoy.
  • Even setting aside its alleged robber baron, this will be tough.
  • It has had many names, including savage, robber baron capitalism.

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