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gangsterism

[ gang-stuh-riz-uhm ]

noun

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


gangsterism

/ ˈɡæŋstərɪzəm /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of gangsterism1

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30; gangster + -ism
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Example Sentences

Through some kink in our national psyche, gangsterism is seen by many as synonymous with American values.

From Time

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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