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robber baron

noun
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
1875-1880
1875-80
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A term applied to certain leading American businessmen of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, including Cornelius Vanderbilt and John D. Rockefeller. The term suggests that they acquired their wealth by means more often foul than fair.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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