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[thuhg-ee, thuh-gee]
noun (sometimes initial capital letter)
  1. (in India) robbery and strangulation committed by thugs.
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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

Historical Examples of 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.

    Confessions of a Thug

    Philip Meadows Taylor

  • Yet Thuggee, capable of exciting the mind so strongly, will not, cannot be annihilated!

    Confessions of a Thug

    Philip Meadows Taylor

  • Had not the punishments you had received turned your heart from Thuggee?

    Confessions of a Thug

    Philip Meadows Taylor

British Dictionary definitions for thuggee


  1. history the methods and practices of the thugs of India
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Word Origin for thuggee

C19: from Hindi thagī; see thug
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