Definition of bankster in English:

bankster

noun

US
derogatory
  • A member of the banking industry seen as profiteering or dishonest.

    ‘nothing ever seems to happen to any of the banksters who caused all the problems in the first place’
    • ‘The White House appears to have gone over to the supply side with its proposed tax on big banks, as it scores populist points against the banksters, too.’
    • ‘We know that the Obama administration will not go after the banksters that created this global financial calamity.’
    • ‘There was a House hearing with CEOs of the top banks today, where the banksters took a mostly conciliatory tone.’
    • ‘We've had something similar because of devaluation but the banksters have been protected.’
    • ‘But Europe and indeed the entire globe faces a much more dangerous and immediate threat from Wall Street's banksters.’
    • ‘Among the millions of dollars in political lobbying, the banksters are stopping progress on consumer bills.’
    • ‘The US treasury, given Congressional blessing, simply gave the banksters hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars with no questions asked.’
    • ‘Everyone on both sides of American politics from Obama downwards joined in the storm of outrage, which was followed by predictable bleating from the banksters.’
    • ‘Whether through stoking fear of their failure or outright intimidation of the policymakers or something in between, the banksters own the country.’
    • ‘This is madness and it was clear at the time that bailing the banksters out was wrong.’
    • ‘What is pretty clear is that a lot of this money is going to the banksters in backdoor bailouts that do nothing for the greater economy.’
    • ‘For a second I thought the banksters would have to SUFFER for the damage they caused blowing a hole in the global economy.’
    • ‘Banksters are indignant that they actually have to be accountable to anyone.’
    • ‘Throughout the interview he can barely contain his outrage about how unfair it all is that he and his fellow banksters are being criticized.’
    • ‘In paying banksters for losing money and relaxing accounting standards (so they can claim false profits while losing money), they are only encouraged to commit more fraud.’

Origin

Late 19th century (as nonderogatory nickname): blend of banker and gangster.

Pronunciation:

bankster

/ˈbaNGkstər/