thuggee

[thuhg-ee, thuh-gee]
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noun (sometimes initial capital letter)

(in India) robbery and strangulation committed by thugs.

Nearby words

  1. thruway,
  2. thrymsa,
  3. thucydides,
  4. thud,
  5. thug,
  6. thuggery,
  7. thuggish,
  8. thugs,
  9. thuja,
  10. thule

Origin of thuggee

First recorded in 1830–40, thuggee is from the Hindi word thagī

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British Dictionary definitions for thuggee

thuggee

noun

history the methods and practices of the thugs of India

Word Origin for thuggee

C19: from Hindi thagī; see thug

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