klepht

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noun

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

Origin of klepht

1810–20; < Modern Greek kléphtēs, variant of Modern Greek, Greek kléptēs thief, rogue; see kleptomania
Related formskleph·tic, adjective
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klepht

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
Derived Formsklephtic, adjective

Word Origin for klepht

C19: from Modern Greek klephtēs, from Greek kleptēs thief
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