- (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
I have had dacoit leaders with prices on their heads walk into my camp.The Soul of a People
I ripped the shirt up, and bandaged the dacoit quite professionally.Soldiers Three, Part II.
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.
It was said that men joined the dacoit gangs in consequence.
- (in India and Myanmar) a member of a gang of armed robbers
C19: from Hindi dakait, from dākā robbery
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