- (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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- (in India and Myanmar) a member of a gang of armed robbers
C19: from Hindi dakait, from dākā robbery
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