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[en-fawr-ser, -fohr-] /ɛnˈfɔr sər, -ˈfoʊr-/
a person or thing that enforces.
the member of a group, especially of a gang, charged with keeping dissident members obedient.
a person, especially a public official, who enforces laws, regulations, rules, or the like.
Also called policeman. Ice Hockey. a physically intimidating or willingly belligerent player who is counted on to retaliate when rough tactics are used by the opposing team.
Origin of enforcer
First recorded in 1570-80; enforce + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Yet love of justice is strong, even in the strictest enforcer of discipline—when the enforcer is Anglo-Saxon.

    Atlantic Narratives Mary Antin
  • The late Miss Clarke has well said “to argue this point would be enforcer une porte ouverte.”

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  • As the system develops and our prejudices are abandoned, a method of policing must stand as an enforcer of international law.

  • Stern represser of revolt, and enforcer of the law, was Gloucester himself a defaulter in these respects?

Word Origin and History for enforcer

1570s, agent noun from enforce. Meaning "intimidator" is from 1934, U.S. underworld slang.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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A person, esp a gangster, hockey player, or other athlete assigned to intimidate and punish opponents; policeman (1930s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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