gangsterism

[ gang-stuh-riz-uhm ]
/ ˈgæŋ stəˌrɪz əm /

noun

the methods or behavior of gangsters.
the use of tactics associated with gangsters, as intimidation or violence, in order to achieve something.

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Origin of gangsterism

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30; gangster + -ism
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Example sentences from the Web for gangsterism

  • He was tough and came to attention when gangsterism, [John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Flood], and organized crime was at its height.

    J. Edgar Hoover Unmasked|Sandra McElwaine|November 7, 2011|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for gangsterism

gangsterism
/ (ˈɡæŋstərɪzəm) /

noun

the culture of belonging to organized gangs of criminals, esp involving violence
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