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

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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 Israel Finkelstein’s vision of King David—the vagabond, the racketeer—helped make his career as an eminent Biblical archeologist. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, "In Search of King David’s Lost Empire," 22 June 2020 Buchalter, a prolific killer, one-time head of the murder-for-hire outfit known as Murder, Inc. and an energetic labor racketeer. Rick Kogan, chicagotribune.com, "The dark secret behind the success of Sid Luckman, the greatest Bears quarterback ever," 11 Sep. 2019 Based on the violent life of the racketeer who ruled Chicago’s criminal underworld during the ‘20s and ‘30s. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Prosecutors said the bribe to Center was arranged by a separate defendant, Martin Fox, the president of a tennis academy in Houston, who pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy charges in November. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "Tearful former University of Texas tennis coach gets 6 months in prison for role in college admissions scam," 24 Feb. 2020 Ellison and a co-defendant, Aljermiah Mack, have pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tekashi 6ix9ine recounts abduction for jury at NYC trial," 18 Sep. 2019 Flemmi pleaded guilty to racketeering and ten murders and is serving a life sentence. Jim Geraghty, National Review, "The Last Trusted Prosecutor in Washington," 4 Nov. 2019 The 30-count racketeering indictment charged corrections officers Stephen Thomas and Marvella Sullivan and suspected gang member Lamar Speights. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "A look back at Cleveland’s, Northeast Ohio’s major court cases of 2019," 24 Dec. 2019 The raids on Sandoval’s offices come amid ongoing corruption probes at City Hall, including the bombshell racketeering indictment filed against Ald. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "Federal agents raid Springfield, Cicero offices of Illinois Sen. Martin Sandoval, says source," 24 Sep. 2019 The former president of the private Texas tennis academy, Martin Fox, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering in November and is scheduled to be sentenced May 14. NBC News, "College admissions scandal: Ex-University of Texas tennis coach gets 6 months for taking $100,000 bribe," 25 Feb. 2020 A few months after he was acquitted, Sheeran was indicted again, this time in a massive multi-defendant labor racketeering case in a Delaware federal court. Washington Post, "‘The Irishman’ tells us who killed Jimmy Hoffa. A lawyer with a secret trove of documents says the movie got it wrong.," 14 Jan. 2020 In practice, they are essentially governed by one of two competing Brazilian drug trafficking organizations, which run their trafficking and racketeering businesses there and recruit their rank and file from behind bars. Robert Muggah, The Conversation, "Evangelical gangs in Rio de Janeiro wage ‘holy war’ on Afro-Brazilian faiths," 16 Dec. 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racketeer. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for racketeer

racketeer

noun
How to pronounce racketeer (audio)

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

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