Definition of comprador in English:


Line breaks: com|pra¦dor
Pronunciation: /ˌkɒmprəˈdɔː
(also compradore)


A person who acts as an agent for foreign organizations engaged in investment, trade, or economic or political exploitation: the communist movement identified the new ruling class as bourgeois compradors allied with imperialists
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  • Capitalist globalization has created new groups of what can be termed indigenous globalizers, aspiring members of the transnational capitalist class who have replaced the old compradors.
  • Many foreign merchants traded with the Chinese through compradores, who acted either as salaried employees or independent agents.
  • Their aim is to establish themselves as compradors for international capital in the north and east of the island and elsewhere in the region.


early 17th century (denoting a local person employed in a European household in SE Asia or India to make small purchases and keep the household accounts): from Portuguese, 'buyer', from late Latin comparator, from Latin comparare 'to purchase', from com- 'with' + parare 'provide'.

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