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also da·koit  (də-koit′)
A member of a robber band or gang in South Asia.

[Hindi ḍakait.]


(Sociology) (in India and Myanmar) a member of a gang of armed robbers
[C19: from Hindi dakait, from dākā robbery]



(in India) a member of a band of brigands.
[1800–10; < Hindi ḍakait]
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Noun1.dacoit - a member of an armed gang of robbers
Burma, Myanmar, Union of Burma - a mountainous republic in southeastern Asia on the Bay of Bengal; "much opium is grown in Myanmar"
Bharat, India, Republic of India - a republic in the Asian subcontinent in southern Asia; second most populous country in the world; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
stealer, thief - a criminal who takes property belonging to someone else with the intention of keeping it or selling it
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A few letters came, and then his father heard from the colonel of his regiment that he had been killed by dacoits in Burmah.
Islamabad -- Two dacoits have been arrested in an encounter with Motorway Police on Okara bypass.
According to police sources, three dacoits intercepted a man namely Yaqoob who was on the way back home after withdrawing Rs109,000 worth cash from bank.
Police spokesman said the police had received information that five dacoits were looting people at gunpoint near Adda Kappan.
RAWALPINDI: At least two people were wounded when dacoits opened fire during a robbery attempt in a village near Chaklala in the jurisdiction of Airport Police Station in Rawalpindi on Tuesday/Wednesday night.
QUETTA: A senior police officer, two dacoits and four tribes' men were killed in two armed clash incidents in Jhal Magsi and Jaffarabad districts, on Friday.
According to media reports, two unidentified dacoits were fleeing after looting a citizen Murtaza in the area of Zaman Town near Norani graveyard when police reached the scene.
Kandhkot -- Two persons were killed by dacoits upon resistance during a robbery attempt in Ghospura area of Kandhkot on Monday.
According to police, more than half-a-dozen members of an unidentified gang of dacoits barged into the house of a small-time trader Madan Poddar in Sakarbasa village under Cheria Bariyarpur block earlier this week to commit dacoity, but his wife and three daughters took on the intruders and not only to foiled their bid, but also helped in getting one of them arrested with the help of other villagers.
Karachi: Heavy contingents of police with aerial reinforcement of military helicopters on Thursday took down three dacoits in the thick forests in the riverbed of the Indus in southern Pakistan, police said.
FAISALABAD, July 19 -- Three dacoits were killed while a constable was martyred and another received serious bullet injuries in a police encounter in the area of Police Station Thikriwala.
He said police conducted a raid to release the above said kidnapped villagers, but armed dacoits opened fire on police.