ringleader

[ ring-lee-der ]
/ ˈrɪŋˌli dər /

noun

a person who leads others, especially in opposition to authority, law, etc.: a ringleader of revolutionary activities.

Origin of ringleader

First recorded in 1495–1505; ring1 + leader
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ringleader

/ (ˈrɪŋˌliːdə) /

noun

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