rentier :

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  • n  someone whose income is from property rents or bond interest and other investments

  • He has more over attained the nirvana of the French bourgeoisie, he is a rentier and need never paint a stroke, could live quite comfortably on his inherited income.
  • The French have a word for itrentierbut I know of no one English word.
  • Yet he was poignantly aware that the industrial America that gave him a rentier's income had also given him a great subject that would define him as a painter.

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