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enforcer

[en-fawr-ser, -fohr-] /ɛnˈfɔr sər, -ˈfoʊr-/
noun
1.
a person or thing that enforces.
2.
the member of a group, especially of a gang, charged with keeping dissident members obedient.
3.
a person, especially a public official, who enforces laws, regulations, rules, or the like.
4.
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
1570-1580
1570-80; enforce + -er1

enforce

[en-fawrs, -fohrs] /ɛnˈfɔrs, -ˈfoʊrs/
verb (used with object), enforced, enforcing.
1.
to put or keep in force; compel obedience to:
to enforce a rule; Traffic laws will be strictly enforced.
2.
to obtain (payment, obedience, etc.) by force or compulsion.
3.
to impose (a course of action) upon a person:
The doctor enforced a strict dietary regimen.
4.
to support (a demand, claim, etc.) by force:
to enforce one's rights as a citizen.
5.
to impress or urge (an argument, contention, etc.) forcibly; lay stress upon:
He enforced his argument by adding details.
Origin
1275-1325; Middle English enforcen < Anglo-French enforcer, Old French enforcier, enforc(ir), equivalent to en- en-1 + forci(e)r to force
Related forms
enforceable, adjective
enforceability, noun
enforcedly
[en-fawr-sid-lee, -fohr-] /ɛnˈfɔr sɪd li, -ˈfoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
enforcer, noun
enforcive, adjective
half-enforced, adjective
nonenforceable, adjective
nonenforced, adjective
nonenforcedly, adverb
nonenforcing, adjective
preenforce, verb (used with object), preenforced, preenforcing.
quasi-enforced, adjective
unenforceability, noun
unenforceable, adjective
unenforced, adjective
unenforcedly, adverb
well-enforced, adjective
Synonyms
1. administer, impose, execute, apply.
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enforce

/ɪnˈfɔːs/
verb (transitive)
1.
to ensure observance of or obedience to (a law, decision, etc)
2.
to impose (obedience, loyalty, etc) by or as by force
3.
to emphasize or reinforce (an argument, demand, etc)
Derived Forms
enforceable, adjective
enforceability, noun
enforcedly (ɪnˈfɔːsɪdlɪ) adverb
enforcement, noun
enforcer, noun
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Word Origin and History for enforcers

enforcer

n.

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

enforce

v.

early 14c., "to drive by physical force;" mid-14c., "make an effort; strengthen a place; compel," from Old French enforcier or from en- (1) "make, put in" + force. Related: Enforced; enforcing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for enforcers

enforcer

noun

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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