Origin of thug
Examples from the Web for thuggery
These groups are generally united in their thuggery and xenophobia.
In-state winger groups accused Casa of intimidation and thuggery.
This tolerance for certain brands of thuggery is an old story on the left.
There was to be no gigantic clash of sea-arms; action was to be taken on the lines of Thuggery.Merchantmen-at-Arms|David W. Bone
Word Origin for thug
1810, "member of a gang of murderers and robbers in India who strangled their victims," from Marathi thag, thak "cheat, swindler," Hindi thag, perhaps from Sanskrit sthaga-s "cunning, fraudulent," possibly from sthagayati "(he) covers, conceals," from PIE root *(s)teg- "cover" (see stegosaurus). Transferred sense of "ruffian, cutthroat" first recorded 1839. The more correct Indian name is phanseegur, and the activity was described in English as far back as c.1665. Rigorously prosecuted by the British from 1831, they were driven from existence, but the process extended over the rest of the 19c.