robber baron

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robber baron

n.
1. One of the American industrial or financial magnates of the late 1800s who became wealthy by unethical means, such as questionable stock-market operations and exploitation of labor.
2. A feudal lord who robbed travelers passing through his domain.

robber baron

n
(Commerce) a person who has made a very large amount of money and has been prepared to act illegally or in an immoral way in order to do so.

rob′ber bar`on


n.
1. a U.S. capitalist of the late 19th century who became wealthy by ruthless and unethical means.
2. a feudal noble who robbed travelers passing through his lands.
[1875–80]
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Over the 53-mile stretch of the Rhine from Mainz to Koblenz in 1780, there were nine such Raubritter (robber baron) emplacements, and from Koblenz to the Dutch border, there were 16 more.