Thug meaning

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The definition of a thug is a murderer, robber or other criminal, or a member of a band of professional assassins from northern India.

An example of a thug is someone who constantly beats people up and steals from them.

An example of a Thug is a member of a gang who were active in India and worshiped and offered victims to Kali.

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A cutthroat or ruffian; a hoodlum.
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A member of a former group in India that murdered and robbed in the service of Kali.
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A rough, brutal hoodlum, gangster, robber, etc.
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One of a group of professional criminals, devotees of Kali, who robbed and murdered travelers in northern India until the mid-1800s.
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A criminal with an intimidating and unseemly appearance and mannerisms, who treats others violently and roughly, especially for hire.
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(dated) One of a band of assassins formerly active in northern India who worshipped Kali and offered their victims to her.
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Origin of thug

  • Hindi ṭhag perhaps from Sanskrit sthagaḥ a cheat from sthagati, sthagayati he conceals (s)teg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Hindi ठग्गी (á¹­haggÄ«), from Marathi ठक (thak, “thief, swindler"), from Sanskrit स्थग (sthaga, “cunning, fraudulent, to cover, to conceal") hence स्थगति (sthagati, “he/she/it covers, he/she/it conceals"). Thuggee was an Indian network of secret fraternities who were engaged in murdering and robbing travellers and known for strangling their victims, operating from the 17th century (possibly as early as 13th century) to the 19th century. During British Imperial rule of India, many Indian words passed into common English, and in 1810 thug referred to members of these Indian gangs. The sense was adopted more generally as "ruffian, cutthroat" by 1839.

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