Definition of plutocrat in US English:



  • A person whose power derives from their wealth.

    • ‘Here corrupt officials - and the plutocrats they enriched through questionable business practices - are making little effort to hide their ill-gotten gains, but actually flaunt them.’
    • ‘The multimillionaire plutocrat is officially a resident of Portugal, where he owns a golf estate.’
    • ‘The other view promises expanded democracy and giving the people, not plutocrats, control of government.’
    • ‘And in feudal states, plutocrats with the greatest wealth owned the apparatus of governance and held absolute control over the lives of average people.’
    • ‘Destroying the ability of journalists to conduct investigative reporting using anonymous sources benefits only the one group threatened by investigative reporting, the plutocrats.’
    rich person, capitalist, tycoon, magnate, nabob, millionaire, billionaire, multimillionaire, nouveau riche, person of means
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