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robber baron

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Pronunciation: /rɒbə ˈbarən
 
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Definition of robber baron in English:

noun

A person who has become rich through ruthless and unscrupulous business practices (originally with reference to prominent US businessmen in the late 19th century): both political parties served the interests of the corporate robber barons robber barons paid their employees bare subsistence wages
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  • 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.

Origin

early 19th century: originally denoting a feudal lord who engaged in plundering.

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