Definition of comprador in English:


(also compradore)


  • A person who acts as an agent for foreign organizations engaged in investment, trade, or economic or political exploitation.

    ‘the communist movement identified the new ruling class as bourgeois compradors allied with imperialists’
    • ‘Capitalist globalization has created new groups of what can be termed indigenous globalizers, aspiring members of the transnational capitalist class who have replaced the old compradors.’
    • ‘Many foreign merchants traded with the Chinese through compradores, who acted either as salaried employees or independent agents.’
    • ‘Their aim is to establish themselves as compradors for international capital in the north and east of the island and elsewhere in the region.’
    • ‘The ‘war’ was a logistical disaster: suppressed by the most ruthless techniques available to what might in other periods be termed the comprador bourgeois classes.’
    • ‘The compradors want to have their cake and eat it.’
    • ‘That havoc was largely covered up by the comprador bourgeoisie and their ilk.’
    • ‘The second is that successful imperialism (that is what it is) requires large and influential local comprador classes willing to be junior partners in governing the colonial state and society.’


Early 17th century (denoting a local person employed in a European household in SE Asia or India to make small purchases and keep the household accounts): from Portuguese, ‘buyer’, from late Latin comparator, from Latin comparare ‘to purchase’, from com- ‘with’ + parare ‘provide’.