hoo·​li·​gan·​ism ˈhü-li-gə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce hooliganism (audio)
: rowdy, violent, or destructive behavior

Examples of hooliganism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In that atmosphere, fighting and other expressions of hooliganism are increasingly rare, said Cho Yijin, a postdoctoral researcher at Yonsei University in Seoul. John Yoon, New York Times, 20 Feb. 2024 Fried suggested arenas could be equipped with facial recognition technology, which is commonly used in soccer stadiums in Europe and Latin America to prevent hooliganism. Eric Olson, USA TODAY, 28 Jan. 2024 This situation highlights a larger issue of hooliganism on our streets and the need for effective law enforcement responses to such behavior. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 2 Jan. 2024 The official charge was hooliganism, according to court records. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2023 In normal times, there are a good deal of hate crimes which take place, and which are akin to hooliganism. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 7 Nov. 2023 He was saved from a descent into hooliganism by swimming, a sport for which the Henriques family is well known. Iva Dixit, New York Times, 16 Aug. 2023 One person is suspected of attacking a police officer, two others of hooliganism. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, 8 June 2023 The activists were charged with piracy (later lessened to hooliganism) and threatened with 15 years in prison. Abe Streep, Outside Online, 13 Mar. 2015

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Word History

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hooliganism was in 1898

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“Hooliganism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hooliganism. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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