Definition of empire builder in English:

empire builder


  • 1A person who adds to or strengthens an empire.

    • ‘But the empire builder was Suppiluliumas, whose conquests are recorded by his son Mursilis II in histories entitled the ‘Deeds’ and ‘Ten-year Annals’.’
    • ‘The British are usually given the credit, or blame, depending on one's vantage point, as empire builders.’
    • ‘Here the empire builders of the Victorian era once smoked their cigars and congratulated themselves on their industry as an orchestra played.’
    • ‘Missionaries often accompanied European and later twentieth-century American empire builders, but they did not necessarily share their views.’
    • ‘On the other hand, we also have a long history of sticking around for a few years and then pulling out, hardly the mark of an empire builder.’
    • ‘The plot of the novel is predictable: the repulsive and pitiable Eurasian, obstacle to true love and happiness, must die so that the virtuous Englishwoman and the virile empire builder can unite in a happy ending.’
    • ‘Profiled here are two famous South Africans who have minerals named after them, one a geologist and mine discoverer, and the other a mine financier and empire builder.’
    • ‘To be an empire builder was to be an adventurer, a hero, a selfless labourer for others' well-being.’
    • ‘In history great conquerors have been many but empire builders or even founders of kingdoms few.’
    • ‘The founding of the town of Livingstone begins with the unrealised dream by the British empire builder, John Cecil Rhodes who hatched the idea of constructing a Cape Town to Cairo (C to C) railway to boost the fortunes of Britain.’
    • ‘The Romans of the republic were one of the most predatory peoples in world history, as well as among the greatest military leaders, statesmen, empire builders, rulers, legislators, and administrators.’
    1. 1.1 A person who seeks more power, responsibility, or staff within an organization for the purposes of self-aggrandizement.
      • ‘Vanderbilt was an empire builder, the first great corporate tycoon in American history.’
      • ‘The empire builder is offering a stock swap deal, which puts our company under his control.’
      • ‘Empire builder: An insecure IT administrator or engineer who tries to make himself indispensable by keeping code, passwords, or other knowledge of a system to himself.’
      • ‘However logical such deals may seem to the empire builders, they raise new questions about how much consolidation is too much.’
      • ‘For much of his career, as a consultant in international development, John Perkins says he was an empire builder… though maybe not in ways you'd think.’
      • ‘They are starting to sniff out the corporatists, market libertarians and neo-con empire builders who have been operating in conservative disguise.’
      • ‘My children, two boys, have more money than they will ever need, and they aren't empire builders.’


empire builder

/ˌɛmpʌɪə ˈbɪldə/