enforcer

[ en-fawr-ser, -fohr- ]
/ ɛnˈfɔr sər, -ˈfoʊr- /

noun

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.

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Origin of enforcer

First recorded in 1570–80; enforce + -er1

Definition for enforcers (2 of 2)

enforce
[ en-fawrs, -fohrs ]
/ ɛnˈfɔrs, -ˈfoʊrs /

verb (used with object), en·forced, en·forc·ing.

to put or keep in force; compel obedience to: to enforce a rule; Traffic laws will be strictly enforced.
to obtain (payment, obedience, etc.) by force or compulsion.
to impose (a course of action) upon a person: The doctor enforced a strict dietary regimen.
to support (a demand, claim, etc.) by force: to enforce one's rights as a citizen.
to impress or urge (an argument, contention, etc.) forcibly; lay stress upon: He enforced his argument by adding details.

Origin of enforce

1275–1325; Middle English enforcen < Anglo-French enforcer, Old French enforcier, enforc(ir), equivalent to en- en-1 + forci(e)r to force

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British Dictionary definitions for enforcers

enforce
/ (ɪnˈfɔːs) /

verb (tr)

to ensure observance of or obedience to (a law, decision, etc)
to impose (obedience, loyalty, etc) by or as by force
to emphasize or reinforce (an argument, demand, etc)

Derived forms of enforce

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