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brigand

[brig-uh nd] /ˈbrɪg ənd/
noun
1.
a bandit, especially one of a band of robbers in mountain or forest regions.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; variant of Middle English briga(u)nt < Middle French brigand < Old Italian brigante companion, member of an armed company, equivalent to brig(are) to treat, deal (with), make war (derivative of briga trouble, strife; of uncertain origin) + -ante -ant
Related forms
brigandage, noun
brigandish, adjective
brigandishly, adverb
Synonyms
outlaw, highwayman, desperado, cutthroat.
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  • Within a year, he had built up an army of brigands, janissaries and disaffected imperial troops.
  • The brigands' would halt at some convenient place until their scouts brought news of the approach of govern ment troops.
  • They are a set of robbers, brigands and tyrants, and have always been such.
  • In taking that step they outlawed them selves, and proclaimed themselves brigands and bandits.
  • Home to bandits and brigands, there are no known settlements in this area.
British Dictionary definitions for brigands

brigand

/ˈbrɪɡənd/
noun
1.
a bandit or plunderer, esp a member of a gang operating in mountainous areas
Derived Forms
brigandage, brigandry, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Old Italian brigante fighter, from brigare to fight, from briga strife, of Celtic origin
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Word Origin and History for brigands

brigand

n.

c.1400, "lightly armed foot soldier," from Old French brigand (14c.), from Italian brigante "trooper, skirmisher, foot soldier," from brigare (see brigade). Sense of "one who lives by pillaging" is from early 15c., reflecting the lack of distinction between professional mercenary armies and armed, organized criminals.

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