Definitions

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  • n. A person remunerated to persuade (to lobby) politicians to vote in a certain way or otherwise use their office to effect a desired result.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A member of the lobby; a person who solicits members of a legislature for the purpose of influencing legislation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who frequents the lobby or the precincts of a legislature or other deliberative assembly, with the view of influencing the votes of members.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who is employed to persuade legislators to vote for legislation that favors the lobbyist's employer

Etymologies

From lobby +‎ -ist (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • "Less Powerful Industry Lobbying Groups."

    September 3, 2008

  • I can't believe someone could actually let these words past his/her lips, let alone to say such a thing to a reporter. It's just as well—they've been acting this way for decades. Now they're just coming right out and saying it publicly. The bastards.

    August 7, 2008

  • "Chevron lobbyist who asked not to be identified" Wow. Won't go on record, eh?? Hmmm? And, hmmm?

    August 7, 2008

  • Wow.

    August 7, 2008

  • "'The ultimate issue here is Ecuador has mistreated a U.S. company,' said one Chevron lobbyist who asked not to be identified talking about the firm's arguments to U.S. officials. 'We can't let little countries screw around with big companies like this—companies that have made big investments around the world.'"
    —Michael Isikoff, "A $16 Billion Problem," Newsweek, August 4, 2008, p. 27.

    And this person, gentle readers, is a tool of arrogance and evil incarnate. Fire is shooting out my ears right now, I'm so angry.

    August 7, 2008