en·​forc·​er | \ in-ˈfȯr-sər How to pronounce enforcer (audio) , en- \

Definition of enforcer

1 : one that enforces
2a : a violent criminal employed by a crime syndicate especially : hit man sense 1
b : a player (as in ice hockey) known for rough play and fighting

Examples of enforcer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His father, Harold Giuliani, an enforcer for family members’ loan-sharking, was convicted of armed robbery and imprisoned a decade before Rudy’s birth. Jim Sleeper, The New Republic, 16 June 2022 Kocur, noted Grind Line enforcer, was a virtual quote machine after the Game 6 victory over Colorado. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, 27 May 2022 Henderson, will portray the dour Romeo Travis, while Everage (Cobra Kai) takes on the role as group enforcer Sian Cotton. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 May 2022 Smith, who played 25 games with 23 starts at Tulsa, attributed his enforcer mentality to defensive line experience through sophomore year of high school. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2022 Cross was an enforcer in the middle of the Terrapins’ defense. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 The decision to clear Mr. Akle dealt a significant blow to the reputation of the SFO, which as an enforcer has had difficulty bringing successful actions. Richard Vanderford, WSJ, 20 Dec. 2021 Ramón Arellano was the cartel’s temperamental enforcer. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Apr. 2022 The second is declarations of policy that disregard the laws passed by Congress, setting up the Justice Department as the arbiter of law, not just its enforcer. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of enforcer

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Jun 2022

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“Enforcer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enforcer. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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