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klepht

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/ klɛft /
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noun

a Greek or Albanian brigand, exalted in the war of Greek independence as a patriotic robber; guerrilla.

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Origin of klepht

1810–20; <Modern Greek kléphtēs, variant of Modern Greek, Greek kléptēs thief, rogue; see kleptomania
klephtic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for klepht

klepht
/ (klɛft) /

noun

any of the Greeks who fled to the mountains after the 15th-century Turkish conquest of Greece and whose descendants survived as brigands into the 19th century
klephtic, adjective
C19: from Modern Greek klephtēs, from Greek kleptēs thief
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