brigand

[brig-uhnd]
noun
a bandit, especially one of a band of robbers in mountain or forest regions.

Origin:
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

brigandage, noun
brigandish, adjective
brigandishly, adverb


outlaw, highwayman, desperado, cutthroat.
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brigand (ˈbrɪɡənd)
 
n
a bandit or plunderer, esp a member of a gang operating in mountainous areas
 
[C14: from Old French, from Old Italian brigante fighter, from brigare to fight, from briga strife, of Celtic origin]
 
'brigandage
 
n
 
'brigandry
 
n

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brigand
c.1400, "lightly armed foot soldier," from O.Fr. brigand (14c.), from It. 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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Example sentences
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.
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