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robber baron

Syllabification: rob·ber bar·on

Definition of robber baron in English:


An unscrupulous plutocrat, especially an American capitalist who acquired a fortune in the late nineteenth century by ruthless means.
Example sentences
  • Henry Huttleston Rogers, a well-known robber baron who made millions as a vice president of Standard Oil, bought Atlas Tack and brought it to Fairhaven in 1901.
  • He has set up a $22 billion foundation, in part to rescue his reputation from the charge that he is a modern-day robber baron.
  • The company may be taken over by a robber baron such as Maxwell who clears out the pension fund for his own personal gain.


originally denoting a feudal lord who engaged in plundering.

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