Examples of gangster in a Sentence
Al Capone remains one of the most notorious gangsters in American history.
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This book has charming gangsters, unsolved mysteries and a heroine who wants to best her male coworkers at the Navy Yard who don’t think a woman can dive.
Two San Francisco police detectives, Miles Jackson and Lester Dorman, lay in state in City Hall after they were killed by Howard Street gangsters in 1920.
Along with the famous have been the less well-known residents: billionaires, gangsters, minor celebrities, and gamblers.
In addition, the gritty and melodramatic gangster and prison films of the time also left clear marks on the playwright.
Germany's Beta Film, whose credits include Italian gangster series Gomorrah and German 1920s crime drama Babylon Berlin, has signed a deal to acquired a majority stake in Austrian group MR Film.
Bruce Springsteen’s right-hand man has kept busy between years with the Boss by playing gangsters in The Sopranos and the Netflix series Lillyhammer, as well as with his Underground Garage satellite radio station.
In her harrowing film Tempestad (Tempest), about the horrors of human trafficking, Tatiana Huezo elicits outrage and sorrow as gangsters operate with impunity and the voices of victims go unheard.
The central mystery of what happens to Anna’s father is carefully unraveled, as well as her fraught relationship with Dexter, the gangster that her pop worked for.
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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]
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