Examples of gangster in a Sentence
Al Capone remains one of the most notorious gangsters in American history.
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Andrew Rice’s profile is a good place to start understanding Sater — a Russian-American gangster, a friend of Cohen since childhood, and an important Trump business partner who worked out of Trump Tower.
The Hanktons' cousin, Central City gangster Telly Hankton, is currently serving two life sentences, the first of which followed his 2011 state conviction for second-degree murder.
Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde The life and times and crimes of the Depression Era gangsters who achieved infamy for a string of robberies and murders across the United States provided the perfect source material for such a film.
Fifty years ago, on Aug. 13, 1967, to be exact, Warner Bros. released a new kind of American gangster movie called Bonnie and Clyde.
With Netflix’s Dear White People, FX’s Atlanta, and HBO’s Insecure, audiences aren’t being distracted by the stereotypical narratives that surround black stories—of slaves, famous athletes, gangsters, or activists who changed the world, for example.
Examples include ongoing sympathy for Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht (aka the Dread Pirate Roberts) and Kim Dotcom, a gangster-like figure who engaged in massive copyright theft and is attempting to use a cult-of-personality to avoid extradition.
There is a pair of gangsters posing as pastry chefs.
George 'Machine Gun' Kelly, gangster Red Skelton, comedian Nelson Mandela, former South African president John Glenn, astronaut/senator Richard Branson, entrepreneur (67)
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What is the history of the word gangster?
Gangster came into the English language at the latter portion of the 19th century, as one of what is now a large parcel of words which have been formed by adding the noun combining form –ster to an existing word. The ending -ster has a number of possible meanings (“one that does, handles, or operates,” “one that makes or uses,” “one that is associated with or participates in,” “one that is”), and one of its interesting elements is that it has, in many cases, shifted its gender. This second portion of gangster comes from the Old English -estre, meaning “female agent.” The word tapster ("a bartender"), for instance, was tæppestre in Old English, and designated a barmaid, or female tapster. In modern use the addition of -ster may often be found in a gender-neutral sense, as with hipster, or with implications of masculinity, as with gangster and mobster, through prevalence of usage.
Synonymsbully, gangbanger, gangsta, hoodlum, goon, gorilla, hood, hooligan, mobster, mug, plug-ugly, punk, roughneck, rowdy, ruffian, thug, tough, toughie (also toughy), yob [British], yobbo [British]
Related Wordscutthroat, scoundrel, villain; assassin, bandit, bravo, brigand, criminal, crook, desperado, felon, gunman, highwayman, lawbreaker, mafioso, malefactor, offender, outlaw, perp, perpetrator, pirate; pickpocket, racketeer, robber, swindler, thief, vandal; juvenile delinquent, tearaway [British]
GANGSTER Defined for English Language Learners
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: a member of a group of violent criminals
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