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 : player (as in ice hockey) known for rough play and fighting

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Get our daily newsletter Tireless as Mr Modi, Mr Shah has for decades been a close henchman and enforcer. The Economist, "What will Narendra Modi do in his new term as India’s prime minister?," 14 June 2019 On the other side is Grover Norquist, the founder of Americans for Tax Reform, right-wing ideological enforcer, and keeper of the no-new-taxes pledge every Republican ends up signing. David Roberts, Vox, "Frank Luntz vs. Grover Norquist: the GOP’s climate change dilemma in a nutshell," 21 June 2019 Another Alabama law enforcer has lost his life in the line of duty. J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al.com, "Julius Dailey: Tribute to Monroe County deputy sheriff," 12 June 2019 All Americans have benefited from state privacy and data breach laws, so their role as policy innovator and law enforcer must be respected. John D. Mckinnon, WSJ, "Partisan Rift Threatens Federal Data-Privacy Law," 17 Feb. 2019 Any new settlement is expected to include a substantial fine and strengthened consent decree, but the advocacy groups say the FTC must do more to re-establish its credibility as an enforcer and send a message. John D. Mckinnon, WSJ, "Advocacy Groups Urge FTC to Pursue Facebook Breakup," 23 Jan. 2019 The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission said Mnangagwa, who was a longtime enforcer for Mugabe, and the ruling party won the country's July 30 election. Christopher Torchia, Fox News, "Rights group says Zimbabwean soldiers beating up opposition," 7 Aug. 2018 The European Commission, the European Union’s competition enforcer, has long been skeptical about a deal that EU officials say would damage competition. Valentina Pop, WSJ, "Plan to Create European Train Giant May Be Derailed by Antitrust Concerns," 30 Jan. 2019 Germany’s top antitrust enforcer earlier this month ordered Facebook to stop using that data at all without permission, a ruling Facebook is appealing. Sam Schechner, WSJ, "You Give Apps Sensitive Personal Information. Then They Tell Facebook.," 22 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of enforcer

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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