Definition of gangster in English:

gangster

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Pronunciation: /ˈgaŋstə
 
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noun

A member of a gang of violent criminals: gangsters threatened to kill him if he did not cooperate in the theft [as modifier]: gangster movies
More example sentences
  • The McLean gang member said the gangster had used Customs to clear the way for his own criminal activities.
  • In fact, many people believe gangsters and hoodlums are vicious and violent by nature.
  • Great crimes can also be committed by gangsters and petty criminals - if they have the necessary power.
Synonyms
hoodlum, racketeer, bandit, robber, ruffian, thug, tough, desperado, outlaw, villain, lawbreaker, criminal; gunman, murderer, assassin, terrorist; gang member, member of a criminal gang, member of the Mafia, Mafioso; in Japanyakuza
informal mobster, crook, hitman, hatchet man, heavy
North American informal hood
literary brigand

Derivatives

gangsterism

noun
More example sentences
  • This is a counterrevolutionary organization, with a long history of gangsterism and thuggery against any and all left-wing political opponents.
  • The paramilitary organisations on both sides have long since been political fronts for gangsterism and racketeering.
  • A teeming mass of activity, Hillbrow is seen by many as a place where the entirety of South Africa's evils can be found, an epitome of drug dealings, prostitution, gangsterism, illegal immigrants, squalor and crime.

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