empire-builder


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empire-builder

n
informal a person who seeks extra power for its own sake, esp by increasing the number of his subordinates or staff
ˈempire-ˌbuilding n, adj
Translations

empire-builder

[ˈempaɪəˌbɪldəʳ] N (fig) → constructor(a) m/f de imperios
References in classic literature ?
Just so were these men, empire-builders in the Arctic Light, boastful and drunken and clamorous, winning surcease for a few wild moments from the grim reality of their heroic toil.
Deserved Scottish Cup winner or not, I felt very uneasy watching this clinical empire-builder hiring and firing with an alarming sense of detachment.
Coote does not choose between Sir Francis Drake as a rabid anti-papist and state-sponsored terrorist and Drake as an empire-builder and hero as other biographers of Drake have done.
In a nutshell: Badly structured, embarrassingly acted epic about the great Macedonian empire-builder.
While marginalizing events and personages (except for Philip II and the Battle of Lepanto), Braudel manages to dramatize the countryside, the conditions of travel, and even his sources, which he celebrates, in the last sentence of the book, as "the most concrete, the most ordinary, the most indestructible, the most anonymously human"--all of which remain implicitly under the sovereign gaze of this scientific and yet passionate observer, virtuoso portrayer, and global academic empire-builder.
Around the time he was hired there, Wiley published Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun (autobiography of the late African American corporate empire-builder Reginald F.