from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Robbery and murder as practiced by the Thugs.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The system of mysterious assassination carried on by the thugs: the profession and practices of the thugs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The practice of secret or stealthy murder by Thugs.
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- noun historical, countable A
thug(member of band of assassins in India).
- noun historical, uncountable The
murderand robberyof groups of travellersin India.
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- noun murder and robbery by thugs
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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Here I had the pleasure of meeting Lieutenant Ward, one of the suppressors of Thuggee (_Thuggee, _ in Hindostan, signifies a deceiver; fraud, not open force, being employed).
The predecessor of India's CIA was known as the Thuggee and Dacoity Department.
The occasional discovery of murdered beggars, who could not have been killed for the sake of their property, leads me to suppose that the Megpunnia variety of Thuggee, that is to say, murder of poor persons in order to kidnap and sell their children, is still sometimes practised.
"Thuggee," we all know, though it will bear repetition here, was in full operation all over India from very early times, but at the beginning of this century it engaged the serious attention of the
India, "Thuggee," like piracy in Cutch and in the Persian Gulf, would revive at the shortest possible time.
He had done more than any one to suppress 'Thuggee' finally, and had a knowledge of the Indian character and language possessed by very few.
The religion of murder known as 'Thuggee' was established in India some centuries before the British Government first became aware of its existence, It is remarkable that, after an intercourse with India of nearly two centuries, and the exercise of sovereignty over a large part of the country for no inconsiderable period, the English should have been so ignorant of the existence and habits of a body so dangerous to the public peace.
The Government of India agreed to this proposal, with the proviso that pardon should be conditional on convicts not returning to India, or in the case of Burmese to Burmah, without the special sanction in each case of the Government of India; and that this sanction would not be given in any cases in which the crime was "Thuggee" or "Dacoity," or robbery by administering poisonous drugs, or other form of organized crime, or in the case of mutiny or rebellion accompanied with murder.
Stranglers and Bandits: A Historical Anthology of 'Thuggee'
So I had to look at the past, and the early Victorian period coincided with the suppression of Thuggee in India.