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a person who has , especially extensive , invested in business enterprises.
an advocate of .
a very wealthy person.
Contemporary Examples

When industry and farming were nationalized post-1917, it wasn’t a good time to be a capitalist.
An Oscar Winner’s Secret History Henry Louis Gates, Jr. October 13, 2010

In South Korea, she also reported on North Korean defectors and their adjustment into capitalist Seoul.
Is a GED More Valuable Than a PhD? Kai Ma January 12, 2009

Positive thinking is Puritanism with a capitalist face, she believes.
Why Are You So Damn Happy? Megan Hustad October 14, 2009

The Silicon Valley tech firms tend to be every bit as cutthroat and greedy as any capitalist enterprise before it.
Silicon Valley’s Giants Are Just Gilded Age Tycoons in Techno-Utopian Clothes Joel Kotkin April 24, 2014

Apart from a silly 200th birthday, a clue to why Boz matters is how well he fleshes out our capitalist world.
Charles Dickens Bicentenary: Why We Should Care Jimmy So February 6, 2012

Historical Examples

The fundamental error of this system of economic organization was soon found to be desirable by the capitalist class.
The I.W.W. Paul Frederick Brissenden

Did he want Moore to tell them that he was a capitalist found out and punished?
The Prisoner Alice Brown

Mind you also that this applies just as much to the man who is working for wages as to the capitalist and every owner of property.
Fundamentals of Prosperity Roger W. Babson

The explorer of the capitalist syndicate was still enthusiastic.
Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard Joseph Conrad

The settler who carried out labour, found his servant desert him to occupy land acquired by the capitalist who carried out money.
The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2) John West

a person who owns capital, esp capital invested in a business
(politics) a supporter of capitalism
(informal) generally (derogatory) a rich person
of or relating to capital, capitalists, or capitalism

1791, “man of money,” from French capitaliste, a coinage of the Revolution and a term of reproach; see capital (n.1) + -ist. Related: Capitalistic.


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