Jack the Ripper

noun

an unidentified murderer who killed at least seven prostitutes in London's East End between August and November 1888
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Examples from the Web for jack the ripper

  • I tell you that the man who can work out plots like those might be a second Jack-the-Ripper and not a soul the wiser!

    The Yellow Claw|Sax Rohmer
  • A "Jack-the-Ripper" who openly declared himself would have nothing like the power of one working in the dark.

    England|Frank Fox
  • The prominence of a desire for notoriety is evident in criminals of the Jack-the-Ripper and other types.

Culture definitions for jack the ripper

Jack the Ripper


A criminal in London in the late nineteenth century apparently responsible for several ghastly murders by slashing. His identity is unknown.

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