Adjective "yakuza" definition and examples

(Yakuza may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A powerful Japanese criminal organization.
  1. 'Various kinds of people came to stay there, including members of the yakuza, and given that fact, I thought it would be foolish not to learn some kind of martial art.'
  2. 'Japanese yakuza kingpin Akatora wants him because he thinks Dinosaur took his merchandise.'
  3. 'The appearance of Charlie's Angel Lucy Liu as head of a powerful cartel of Japanese yakuza, adds to that sense that you are watching bad ‘angels’.'
  4. 'Her world collapses when her firm forces her to take first chair defense in a murder case involving a smug yakuza who's obviously guilty.'
  5. 'Constituencies are gerrymandered, kickbacks from public works are channelled back to the party through yakuza gangsters and key policy decisions are made by party elders behind closed doors.'
  6. 'So it was perhaps inevitable that he should have turned to playing a gangster - a yakuza - in his fourth film.'
  7. 'Films about yakuza, or Japanese gangsters, are deeply imbued with a code of honor and feature subtle moral questions.'
  8. 'In Dead or Alive, Ryu, a stoic, stylish criminal with a mixed Chinese and Japanese background, leads his posse into a war against Japanese yakuza and Chinese Triad bosses in Tokyo.'
  9. 'In nearly every Zatoichi film, the female lead falls in love with the grubby, poor, and blind former yakuza, usually because she's drawn to his kindness and willingness to defend the weak.'
  10. 'Politics needs money to win elections and influence and pays little attention to the sources of this money (e.g., Japanese Liberal Democratic politicians and yakuza gangsters).'
  11. 'Joel dreams of escape from his Alaskan bondage when a couple Japanese businessmen / yakuza weighing whether to build a resort in Alaska or Hawaii arrive in Cicely to be wined and dined by Maurice.'
  12. 'It is the story of a displaced yakuza gangster, whose crime family is killed and who flies to LA in search of his brother, only to wind up in the gangland web there.'

More definitions

1. any of various tightly knit Japanese criminal organizations having a ritualistic, strict code of honor.

2. such organizations collectively.

3. a member of such an organization; gangster.

More examples(as adjective)

"syndicates can be yakuza."

"gangsters can be yakuza."

"attentions can be yakuza."

"mobsters can be yakuza."

"bosses can be yakuza."

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Japanese, from ya ‘eight’ + ku ‘nine’ + za ‘three’, referring to the worst hand in a gambling game.