American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A robber or bandit, especially one of an outlaw band.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sort of irregular foot-soldier.
- n. A robber; a freebooter; a highwayman; especially, one of a gang of robbers living in secret retreats in mountains or forests.
- n. Synonyms Bandit, etc. See robber.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A light-armed, irregular foot soldier.
- n. A lawless fellow who lives by plunder; one of a band of robbers; especially, one of a gang living in mountain retreats; a highwayman; a freebooter.
- n. an armed thief who is (usually) a member of a band
- From Middle English circa 1400, from Old French brigand ("foot soldier") attested from 1421, from Latin brigō ("to fight"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English brigaunt, from Old French, from Old Italian brigante, skirmisher, from present participle of brigare, to fight; see brigade. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It would be grossly unfair to apply the name brigand to the Mainotes and similar clans, who had to choose between being flayed by the Turks or living by the sword under their own law.”
“A sherrif who executes a brigand isn't a hero, he's just doing his job - unless the brigand is a larger than life figure, in which case, he becomes the more interesting character.”
“Thus, in all imaginative countries, the brigand is a hero; even the assassin who shoots his victim from behind a hedge appeals to the fancy in Tipperary or on the Abruzzian hills.”
“The Latin words for robber are fur and latro; the former taken from the Greek for, from GREEK íþþþ or fhrw, Latin fero, I carry away; the latter from laqrw, I play the part of a brigand, which is derived from lhqw, Latin lateo, I conceal myself.”
“Those times were somewhat wild and barbarous, signore, and a gentleman who protected his estates and asked tribute of strangers was termed a brigand, and became highly respected.”
“It was all merely a bit of American "bluff," and it succeeded because the brigand was a coward, and dared not emulate his daughter's courage.”
“Paulo called the brigand's attention to the fact that they could be easily seen from the other side of the valley.”
“The withdrawal of the brigand was a signal for a regular mob of the lawless men to make their appearance.”
“My brigand is a lighthouse-keeper, and welcomes me in a quiet way, glad, evidently, to see the face of a civilized being.”
“A brigand is a fine, brave, terrible soldier, who is not afraid of anything!”
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words for those who commit particular crimes: i.e., bank robber, arsonist, etc.
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List of words referent to persons who commit specific crimes, or are suspected of committing those crimes, beginning with arsonist and safecracker.
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Words that deal with stealing and thievery!
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insults, epithets, etc.
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Kinds of thieves.
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