One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who makes a purchase; a buyer.‘the gullible emptor had it coming for a long time’
purchaser, shopper, customer, consumer, client, patron, investor, userView synonyms
- ‘It can be a consumer guide to the virtues and defects of the product so that the emptor is adequately caveated.’
- ‘It's up to you, the poor emptor, to manage the caveat side of this relationship all by yourself.’
- ‘All emptors should do their research.’
- ‘Today, I think that a phrase that better describes the current state of affairs might be business emptor - let the business beware.’
- ‘To sell a book to a publisher, you need three things: a hook, a line, and an emptor.’
Late 19th century: Latin, from emere ‘to buy’.
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