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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Khosroshahin has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and is cooperating with the federal prosecutors in Massachusetts, who exposed Singer’s scam. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, "A $100,000 bribe got teen a UCLA soccer scholarship without even playing," 19 Aug. 2019 Sater also pleaded guilty to racketeering in 1998 in a $40 million stock-fraud scheme and cooperated with authorities against mafia defendants. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Who is Felix Sater? Convicted felon who pushed plan for a Trump Tower in Moscow misses House hearing," 21 June 2019 Plummer, 30, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty in November to one count of racketeering conspiracy. Washington Post, "Five years after 3-year-old McKenzie Elliott was killed on her Baltimore porch, gunman gets 25-year sentence," 29 Aug. 2019 Plummer, 30, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty in November to one count of racketeering conspiracy. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Five years after 3-year-old McKenzie Elliott was killed on her Baltimore porch, gunman gets 25-year sentence," 28 Aug. 2019 Singer has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and other crimes and is cooperating in the case. oregonlive, "Lori Loughlin, several other accused parents plead not guilty in college admissions case," 16 Apr. 2019 Heinel, who was fired by USC in March, has pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges. Margaret Shuttleworth, CNN, "USC admissions officials considered family potential to donate money, court filings say," 4 Sep. 2019 Heinel, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of racketeering conspiracy, was fired from her post when she was arrested. Los Angeles Times, "USC officials discussed how much wealthy parents could donate when their children applied, records show," 3 Sep. 2019 Mack, 37, is currently awaiting a sentence after pleading guilty to charges of racketeering conspiracy. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "E! True Hollywood Story Takes on NXIVM and Predicts Kim Kardashian Can Be President in New Promo," 22 Aug. 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

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