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 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 The would-be rapper had already pleaded guilty before the trial started, to one count of racketeering conspiracy. BostonGlobe.com, "The perfect gift for the harried commuter in your life:," 26 Dec. 2019 Martin Fox, the former head of a private tennis academy in Texas, agreed to plead guilty to racketeering for his involvement in the scheme to bribe students' ways into colleges and universities, prosecutors said. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Four more parents plead guilty in college admissions cheating scheme," 22 Oct. 2019 Ernst, who declined to comment through his lawyer, pleaded not guilty to racketeering conspiracy. Daniel Golden Doris Burke, The New Yorker, "The Unseen Student Victims of the “Varsity Blues” College-Admissions Scandal," 25 May 2018 Ernst, who declined to comment through his lawyer, pleaded not guilty to racketeering conspiracy. Daniel Golden Doris Burke, The New Yorker, "The Unseen Student Victims of the “Varsity Blues” College-Admissions Scandal," 25 May 2018 Ernst, who declined to comment through his lawyer, pleaded not guilty to racketeering conspiracy. Daniel Golden Doris Burke, The New Yorker, "The Unseen Student Victims of the “Varsity Blues” College-Admissions Scandal," 25 May 2018 Martin Fox, 62, of Houston, will plead Friday afternoon in US District Court in Boston to a sole count of racketeering conspiracy, legal filings show. BostonGlobe.com, "The former president of a private tennis academy in Texas is slated to plead guilty Friday to his role in the college admissions cheating scandal that outraged the public, ensnared the rich and famous, and sparked heated debates about class privilege in higher education.," 15 Nov. 2019 Detectives Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor were found guilty of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy and robbery in February 2018 and sentenced each to 18 years in prison. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "‘A particularly sad case’: Appeals court affirms convictions in Gun Trace Task Force scandal," 5 Nov. 2019 Both defendants, Anthony Ellison and Aljermiah Mack, were found guilty of racketeering conspiracy. Colin Moynihan, New York Times, "Tekashi69’s Testimony Leads to Guilty Verdicts for 2 Gang Members," 3 Oct. 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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racketeers. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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