the methods or behavior of gangsters.
the use of tactics associated with gangsters, as intimidation or violence, in order to achieve something.

1925–30, Americanism; gangster + -ism Unabridged
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gangsterism (ˈɡæŋstərɪzəm)
the culture of belonging to organized gangs of criminals, esp involving violence

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Example sentences
Beating down gangsterism takes strict policies and determined personnel.
Political resistance slips easily into plain gangsterism.
They employ ever fouler means to do so, and elections thus become little more than organised gangsterism.
Also the presentation of old-time gangsterism in this light shows up its obsolescence.
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