jackbooted

adjective
jack·boot·ed | \ˈjak-ˌbü-təd \

Definition of jackbooted 

1 : wearing jackboots

2 : ruthlessly and violently oppressive jackbooted force

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Hungary under his rule is far from a jackbooted dictatorship, but its democracy is diverging markedly from that of many of its partners in the European Union. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "How Viktor Orban became the real threat to the West," 6 Apr. 2018 Likethumb_up Replyreply Linklink Copy Reportflag eraley 22 minutes ago Trump’s America and his jackbooted thugs. Marwa Eltagouri, Washington Post, "She was suspected of underage drinking. Video shows an officer punching her in the head.," 28 May 2018 These are the words and actions similar to low-level criminals in the mob or jackbooted followers of fascist leaders in 1930s Europe, not the president of the United States in 2018. David Zurawik, baltimoresun.com, "Stormy Daniels interview takes us to new level of shame in the Land of Trump," 26 Mar. 2018 But what makes director Jeremy Wechsler’s production engaging throughout is the way the cast commits to these characters without turning them into caricatures of either obsessive-nerd culture or jackbooted thugs. Kerry Reid, chicagotribune.com, "'The Antelope Party': We live in a world where 'bronies' can be radicalized," 31 Jan. 2018 Was Rizzo a jackbooted tyrant who went out of his way to punish blacks and gays? David Gambacorta, Philly.com, "Was Frank Rizzo racist, or a product of his time?," 22 Aug. 2017 For some, the racist taunts of the past few days recalled a time when jackbooted members of the far-right National Front taunted immigrants on the streets of Britain in the 1980s, during the painful deindustrialization of the Thatcher era. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "As Migrants Face Abuse, Fear That ‘Brexit’ Has Given License to Xenophobia," 27 June 2016

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First Known Use of jackbooted

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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