[ gang-stuh-riz-uh m ]
/ ˈgæŋ stəˌrɪz əm /


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

Origin of gangsterism

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30; gangster + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples 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

/ (ˈɡæŋstərɪzəm) /


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