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

Definition of hooliganism

: rowdy, violent, or destructive behavior

Examples of hooliganism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But over the next 36 months, AuCoin pushes the Naum dossier into the hands of Ambassador Yuri Dubinin on a back stairway of the Soviet Embassy on Sixteenth Street Northwest in D.C. Naum is sent to prison for hooliganism. oregonlive, "The book on Les AuCoin: Steve Duin," 14 Sep. 2019 Unlike many of his predecessors in the White House, Trump appears to understand innately the hooliganism and brutality at the heart of the CCP. Chen Guangcheng, Twin Cities, "Chen Guangcheng: Trump has the right strategy on Beijing. As a Chinese dissident, I’d know.," 5 Sep. 2019 Some video game communities, in other words, have give risen to a new brand of digital hooliganism. Simon Parkin, Time, "No, Video Games Don’t Cause Mass Shootings. But The Conversation Shouldn’t End There," 8 Aug. 2019 Hong Kong’s authorities and the central Beijing government were quick to condemn the building takeover as violent hooliganism on Tuesday, promising severe legal consequences. Alice Su, latimes.com, "Activists fear shattered glass may obscure demands of Hong Kong protest movement," 3 July 2019 After the April camp invasion, C14's Mazur was charged with hooliganism. Yuras Karmanau And Evgeny Maloletka, Fox News, "Ukraine's Roma live in fear amid wave of nationalist attacks," 6 Aug. 2018 In a country that virtually invented soccer hooliganism, and gave rise to the millionaire Premier League rock star, Southgate during his own career was the quietly competent second-stringer, no drama, all work ethic. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Win or lose in the World Cup, England has a national hero in Coach Gareth Southgate," 11 July 2018 While initially, the police fed false stories to the media over why 96 lives were ended that day - blaming Liverpool fans' hooliganism for the human crush, recent years have seen the blame rightfully placed on the policing. SI.com, "Hillsborough Police Chief David Duckenfield Faces Trial for Manslaughter of 95 Liverpool Supporters," 29 June 2018 England was infamous in an earlier era for the ugliness of soccer hooliganism, and some fans in Russia have been accused of throwing Nazi salutes and chanting racist and anti-Semitic songs. Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "World Cup Brings England Together at a Time of Division," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of hooliganism

1898, in the meaning defined above

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