racketeer

noun
rack·​e·​teer | \ ˌra-kə-ˈtir How to pronounce racketeer (audio) \

Definition of racketeer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one who obtains money by an illegal enterprise usually involving intimidation

racketeer

verb
racketeered; racketeering; racketeers

Definition of racketeer (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to carry on a racket

transitive verb

: to extort money from

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Synonyms for racketeer

Synonyms: Noun

blackmailer, extortioner, extortionist

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Examples of racketeer in a Sentence

Noun

the racketeer threatened to have his thugs vandalize the shop if the shopkeeper didn't pay him a monthly bribe

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The film follows Brickman who grows up among racketeers on the Lower East Side of New York City where she’s drawn to the glamorous and flashy lifestyle of New York mobsters. James Hibberd, EW.com, "Jennifer Lawrence to star in Mob Girl adaptation," 24 July 2019 At one point, former boxing champ Abe Attell, a bagman for New York City racketeer Arnold Rothstein, waved $1,000 bills in the Sinton’s lobby while soliciting bets on the Reds. Katherine Rodeghier, chicagotribune.com, "From scandals to milestones, an expanded museum and tours celebrate 150 years of baseball in Cincinnati," 12 June 2019 Its triad of main characters consists of Eddie Kerrigan, a bagman for a penny-ante racketeer; his charismatic daughter Anna; and Dexter Styles, a dapper nightclub owner and a big cheese in a major crime syndicate. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "The Best New Fiction," 29 Sep. 2017 Its triad of main characters consists of Eddie Kerrigan, a bagman for a penny-ante racketeer Sam Sacks, WSJ, "The Best New Fiction," 29 Sep. 2017 And whatever remote chance there was that the crisis could be calmed by talking it out vanished when a federal grand jury in Miami indicted Noriega as a drug racketeer. Glenn Garvin, miamiherald, "Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is dead," 30 May 2017 At upper left is Mike Elliott, whose campaign for Multnomah County sheriff would be financed by gambling racketeers. OregonLive.com, "Portland gloried in its sexy, secret gambling dens in the 1930s: Take our walking tour," 23 May 2017 Yet amid all the transformation, some investigators say, racketeers and mobsters are still as present as the barnacles attached to the piers. Joseph Goldstein, New York Times, "Along New York Harbor, ‘On the Waterfront’ Endures," 6 Jan. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The transaction is outlined in an indictment charging Salcedo with racketeering conspiracy. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, "A $100,000 bribe got teen a UCLA soccer scholarship without even playing," 19 Aug. 2019 Singer has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and other crimes. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "U-Va.: ‘Prospect’ of gifts to school appeared to drive recruitment of student-athletes," 9 Aug. 2019 Janke has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and is cooperating with investigators. Matthew Ormseth, latimes.com, "Surfing executive bribed son’s way into USC for $250,000 in new admissions scandal charges, U.S. attorney says," 28 June 2019 Singer has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "The University of California will strengthen its admissions process in light of the college admissions scandal," 21 June 2019 Singer has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice. Faith Karimi And Cheri Mossburg, CNN, "The University of California will strengthen its admissions process in light of the college admissions scandal," 21 June 2019 Before Wednesday, Vandemoer had already pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy for accepting $610,000 in bribes that all went into the school's sailing program. NBC News, "Former Stanford sailing coach gets one day in prison in college cheating scandal," 12 June 2019 Last month, a federal jury in Boston convicted Insys founder John Kapoor and four former executives on racketeering conspiracy in connection with Subsys marketing. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Lap-dances, kick-backs, and debt: Infamous opioid maker files for bankruptcy," 11 June 2019 In April, Mack pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and racketeering. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Allison Mack Accused of Keeping Catherine Oxenberg's Daughter on Diet for Ideal Sex Slave Weight," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of racketeer

Noun

1924, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1928, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of racketeer was in 1924

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racketeer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of racketeer

: a person who makes money through illegal activities

racketeer

noun
rack·​e·​teer | \ ˌra-kə-ˈtir How to pronounce racketeer (audio) \

Kids Definition of racketeer

: a person who gets money or advantages by using force or threats

racketeer

noun
rack·​e·​teer | \ ˌra-kə-ˈtir How to pronounce racketeer (audio) \

Legal Definition of racketeer

: one that engages in racketeering

Other Words from racketeer

racketeer verb

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