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[en-fawr-ser, -fohr-] /ɛnˈfɔr sər, -ˈfoʊr-/
a person or thing that enforces.
the member of a group, especially of a gang, charged with keeping dissident members obedient.
a person, especially a public official, who enforces laws, regulations, rules, or the like.
Also called policeman. Ice Hockey. a physically intimidating or willingly belligerent player who is counted on to retaliate when rough tactics are used by the opposing team.
Origin of enforcer
1570-80; enforce + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Stern represser of revolt, and enforcer of the law, was Gloucester himself a defaulter in these respects?

  • Yet love of justice is strong, even in the strictest enforcer of discipline—when the enforcer is Anglo-Saxon.

    Atlantic Narratives Mary Antin
  • The late Miss Clarke has well said “to argue this point would be enforcer une porte ouverte.”

    Astronomical Curiosities J. Ellard Gore
  • As the system develops and our prejudices are abandoned, a method of policing must stand as an enforcer of international law.

Word Origin and History for enforcer

1570s, agent noun from enforce. Meaning "intimidator" is from 1934, U.S. underworld slang.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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A person, esp a gangster, hockey player, or other athlete assigned to intimidate and punish opponents; policeman (1930s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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