- a bandit, especially one of a band of robbers in mountain or forest regions.
Origin of brigand
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Examples from the Web for brigandage
Brigandage was long chronic here, and the brigands were Mexicans.Aztec Land
Maturin M. Ballou
But brigandage in Spanish times was very mild compared with what it is now.The Philippine Islands
The campaign was “a punitive expedition for the suppression of brigandage.”Capitals
Frederick W. Hamilton
These are the means resorted to in regions where brigandage is endemic.The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 1 (of 6)
Hippolyte A. Taine
There are also unnecessary evils, such as brigandage in Sicily, for instance.Corleone
F. Marion Crawford
- a bandit or plunderer, esp a member of a gang operating in mountainous areas
Word Origin and History for brigandage
c.1400, "lightly armed foot soldier," from Old French brigand (14c.), from Italian brigante "trooper, skirmisher, foot soldier," from brigare (see brigade). Sense of "one who lives by pillaging" is from early 15c., reflecting the lack of distinction between professional mercenary armies and armed, organized criminals.