Jack the Ripper

  1. an unidentified murderer who killed at least seven prostitutes in London's East End between August and November 1888

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How to use Jack the Ripper in a sentence

  • Possibly he took me for a latter-day Jack-the-Ripper, with a penchant for elderly male paupers.

  • 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.

Cultural 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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