- (in India) robbery and strangulation committed by thugs.
Origin of thuggee
First recorded in 1830–40, thuggee is from the Hindi word thagī
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Examples from the Web for thuggee
For many years he was employed as Commissioner for the suppression of Thuggee.India: What can it teach us?
F. Max Mller
That must really be the secret of the rise and development of Thuggee.Following the Equator, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The origin of Thuggee is entirely lost in fable and obscurity.
Yet Thuggee, capable of exciting the mind so strongly, will not, cannot be annihilated!
Had not the punishments you had received turned your heart from Thuggee?
- history the methods and practices of the thugs of India
C19: from Hindi thagī; see thug
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