Definition of plutocrat in US English:



  • A person whose power derives from their wealth.

    ‘champagne-swilling plutocrats’
    • ‘The multimillionaire plutocrat is officially a resident of Portugal, where he owns a golf estate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 other view promises expanded democracy and giving the people, not plutocrats, control of government.’
    rich person, capitalist, tycoon, magnate, nabob, millionaire, billionaire, multimillionaire, nouveau riche, person of means
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