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gangsterism

[gang-stuh-riz-uh m] /ˈgæŋ stəˌrɪz əm/
noun
1.
the methods or behavior of gangsters.
2.
the use of tactics associated with gangsters, as intimidation or violence, in order to achieve something.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30, Americanism; gangster + -ism
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for gangsterism

gangsterism

/ˈɡæŋstərɪzəm/
noun
1.
the culture of belonging to organized gangs of criminals, esp involving violence
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