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ringleader

[ ring-lee-der ]

noun

  1. a person who leads others, especially in opposition to authority, law, etc.:

    a ringleader of revolutionary activities.



ringleader

/ ˈrɪŋˌliːdə /

noun

  1. a person who leads others in any kind of unlawful or mischievous activity


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Word History and Origins

Origin of ringleader1

First recorded in 1495–1505; ring 1 + leader
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Example Sentences

He is said to have allegedly been the ringleader who introduced others to the methods of the illegal practices in exchange for a cut of gains they received.

Though Brother Jed may be the ringleader, Sister Cindy is undoubtedly the star of the family’s traveling circus.

The shuttering of DarkSide’s operation last Thursday also has led to grousing by hackers affiliated with the group who claim they have not been paid by the ringleaders, according to cyber experts tracking the group.

Investigators “can’t figure out who is financing and paying for these operations” because the ringleaders hide behind anonymous shell companies, he said.

Because of this, and his role in orchestrating tens of thousands of other calls, the ringleader, Chen Wenhui, 22, was sentenced to life in prison.

So why did he cut a deal with an accused sex slave ringleader—and send to jail a Democratic mayor, instead?

Neither Ted Cruz—the ringleader of this entire effort—nor his allies have much to say.

Fingered by Prugo as the ringleader, Lee went to high school with Prugo at Indian Hills where she was voted “Best Dressed.”

Tommy, the de facto ringleader, comes off as a very charismatic, morally bankrupt cult-like figure.

No whip-wielding, curly-mustachioed circus ringleader will come spirit her away.

The ringleader, too, may have been touched by his complete loneliness, for HE hesitated.

"Ef you've got anything to say to your folks, say it NOW, and say it quick," said the ringleader.

Then after dinner the evening was devoted to games or stories or fun of some sort, in which Mr. Maynard was the ringleader.

Warren Parrish, who had been a humble, successful preacher of the Gospel, was the ringleader of this apostate party.

I returned to Sibu with Mingo, and we took with us the ringleader of the head-hunters.

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