- 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
- 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
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Examples from the Web for enforcers
About half of the enforcers are locals—they are ones who wear face masks most of the time.Darkness at Noon Prayers: Inside the Islamic Police State
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In January 2005, enforcers learned that one of the girls was expecting a child.Did Christie Go Easy on a Human Trafficker Just to Bust a Small-Time Pol?
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Indeed, they mistrust women, whom they see as enforcers of middle-class earning expectations they cannot meet.New New Fatherhood in the Inner City
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And the best part for the enforcers of righteousness is that their dictates never have to be explained in any meaningful sense.Hamas: The Palestinian Fashion Police
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“The skepticism does not arise over technology, but it instead arises over the will of the enforcers,” she said.Can a Wristwatch Really Cure India’s Rape Problem?
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- 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)
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Word Origin and History for enforcers
1570s, agent noun from enforce. Meaning "intimidator" is from 1934, U.S. underworld slang.
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