gangsterism

[gang-stuh-riz-uh m]

Origin of gangsterism

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

Contemporary Examples of gangsterism

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

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    J. Edgar Hoover Unmasked

    Sandra McElwaine

    November 7, 2011


British Dictionary definitions for gangsterism

gangsterism

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