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A robber or bandit, especially one of an outlaw band.

[Middle English brigaunt, from Old French, from Old Italian brigante, skirmisher, from present participle of brigare, to fight; see brigade.]

brig′and·age (-ən-dĭj), brig′and·ism n.


[ˈbrɪgəndɪdʒ] Nbandidaje m, bandolerismo m
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The old scaffolding of feudal jurisdictions remained standing; an immense aggregation of bailiwicks and seignories crossing each other all over the city, interfering with each other, entangled in one another, enmeshing each other, trespassing on each other; a useless thicket of watches, sub-watches and counter-watches, over which, with armed force, passed brigandage, rapine, and sedition.
An episode of the brigandage of today and every day
Elizabeth was fond of the puppy, but her sense of justice was keen and she was there to check this brigandage.
We have no right to suppose that our earliest epigraphic testimony is exactly contemporary with the first institution of such an office, and in any case none of these inscriptions is from Cilicia, whose mountainous regions were much more fertile ground for brigandage than the environs of Smyrna, Miletus or even Ancyra.
The third section considers the range of policies designed to suppress brigandage.
In some ways, the book might usefully be conceived as two separate works bound into one: the first a detailed study of what is known about 'actual' robbers and brigandage in the Roman empire and the second an exploration of how Apuleius' portrayal of robbers and bandit gangs relates to this reality.
We don't know if there were more prisons of one kind or another in the North or the South; we have no sense of recidivism rates, which were critical to reformers' notions of rehabilitation; and we are left to wonder how major political events such as brigandage in the South, the Fasci Siciliani, or the Fatti di Maggio might have affected prison populations.
Selon Cobb, il s'agit de "troubles a propos des droits seigneuriaux, mepris traditionnels pour certaines lois sur la chasse ou la contrebande, et apres 1795, le brigandage pur.
Louisiana lacked the coherent centralized police force to repress banditry and brigandage in the countryside that Texas and most other states had.
Although revolutionary and nineteenth-century historians might squabble with Ramsay about how much the Fear caused municipalities to lose "their traditional place in the public order as brokers between the powers of enforcement and popular demands" and readers of Lefebvre might dispute whether Ramsay's brigands are now not sufficiently rooted in actual experiences of brigandage at the end of the eighteenth century, most will accept his arguments that the Great Fear became a "nucleus of politicization .
22) As to criminality in general and rural brigandage in particular, most contemporaries and modern scholars would agree that they were notably on the upswing in the eighteenth century.
Trying civilians in military courts, placing individual communes under states of siege, and passing special laws against brigandage all eroded individual liberty in the name of security.