Oh how often have knowledge and keen wits and understandings/ Been as deadly as brigands or ghouls to the wayfarer.
The Rome government dismissed these peasant rebels as mere "brigands."
And we'll sit outside and tell stories, stories of brigands and the sea.
So many have happened that the brigands must abandon it henceforth.
The chances of a police ship were slight indeed, but the brigands evidently did not know that.
The brigands admitted that they knew nothing of these things.
He believed that King had fallen into the hands of brigands and that a heavy ransom would be demanded for his release.
I recognized him; he was one of the brigands we had seen in the morning.
Several were captured, several got away and went to swell the huge total of brigands.
After all, they had two horses and perhaps they had seen the brigands coming and had escaped.
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.