hoo·​li·​gan·​ism | \ ˈhü-li-gə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce hooliganism (audio) \

Definition of hooliganism

: rowdy, violent, or destructive behavior

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Recent Examples on the Web There have certainly been acts of cultural hooliganism in areas occupied by the Russians. CNN, 9 May 2022 In France and England, hooliganism often has been triggered by social tensions, with violence once so commonplace in the United Kingdom that it was referred to as the English Disease, and women and children were dissuaded from attending games. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2022 More than 50 countries on six continents have seen some level of soccer hooliganism. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2022 Most crimes committed in the district in 2014 were drunken fights, robberies, and hooliganism, according to the Moscow Times. The Editors, Outside Online, 19 Nov. 2014 Suggesting that fans react with hooliganism is another type of principle. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 18 Jan. 2022 This new-blood Auburn basketball, with a fanbase that feels like soccer hooliganism dipped in a deep fryer, is something blue-blood college basketball isn’t quite sure what to do with. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 18 Jan. 2022 The September episode that led to the hooliganism charges centered on a suspicious bag at a bus stop. Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2021 During the height of hooliganism in the ’70s and ’80s, fighting sometimes broke out between rival sets of fans. New York Times, 22 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of hooliganism

1898, in the meaning defined above

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“Hooliganism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hooliganism. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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