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racketeer

noun rack·e·teer \ ˌra-kə-ˈtir \
|Updated on: 13 Jun 2018

Definition of racketeer

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

Examples of racketeer in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of racketeer

1924

in the meaning defined above

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racketeer

verb

Definition of racketeer

racketeered; racketeering; racketeers
: to carry on a racket
: to extort money from

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First Known Use of racketeer

1928

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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RACKETEER Defined for English Language Learners

racketeer

Definition of racketeer for English Language Learners

  • : a person who makes money through illegal activities


RACKETEER Defined for Kids

racketeer

noun rack·e·teer \ ˌra-kə-ˈtir \

Definition of racketeer for Students

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

Law Dictionary

racketeer

noun rack·e·teer \ ˌra-kə-ˈtir \

legal Definition of racketeer

: one that engages in racketeering

racketeer

verb


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