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gangsterism

[gang-stuh-riz-uh m] /ˈgæŋ stəˌrɪz əm/
noun
1.
the methods or behavior of gangsters.
2.
the use of tactics associated with gangsters, as intimidation or violence, in order to achieve something.
Origin of gangsterism
1925-1930
An Americanism dating back to 1925-30; gangster + -ism
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gangsterism

/ˈɡæŋstərɪzəm/
noun
1.
the culture of belonging to organized gangs of criminals, esp involving violence
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