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dacoit

or da·koit

[duh-koit]
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noun
  1. (in India and Burma) a member of a class of criminals who engage in organized robbery and murder.

Origin of dacoit

First recorded in 1800–10, dacoit is from the Hindi word ḍakait
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Examples from the Web for dacoit

Historical Examples

  • I have had dacoit leaders with prices on their heads walk into my camp.

    The Soul of a People

    H. Fielding

  • I ripped the shirt up, and bandaged the dacoit quite professionally.

  • Afterwards he returned to the life of a dacoit, and, I fear, came to a bad end.

    A Civil Servant in Burma

    Herbert Thirkel White

  • They had to live, and his methods were the same as those of other dacoit leaders.

    The Pacification of Burma

    Sir Charles Haukes Todd Crosthwaite

  • It was said that men joined the dacoit gangs in consequence.

    The Pacification of Burma

    Sir Charles Haukes Todd Crosthwaite


British Dictionary definitions for dacoit

dacoit

noun
  1. (in India and Myanmar) a member of a gang of armed robbers

Word Origin

C19: from Hindi dakait, from dākā robbery
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