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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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Elizabeth was fond of the puppy, but her sense of justice was keen and she was there to check this brigandage.
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
Oba Ogunwusi, who is also the co-chairman of National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria implored young Nigerians to be agents of peace and shun act of brigandage and thuggery as election period is drawing nearer, just as he prayed for the peace and progress of Ile-Ife, Osun, Nigeria, Africa and the global community.
Sauf a se voiler la face, il serait primaire et sommaire de reduire ces mouvements de protestation a de simples actes de brigandage et de faits de pillage et de vol perpetres par des delinquants qui s'y sont meles.
This news was picked up by the New York Times which said: "Captive English Girl is Seen with Savages big, rawboned, devil-may-care fellows of great strength and hardihood, many of whom devote their whole existence to hunting, fighting, and brigandage.
6) Tzanelli, on the other hand, in a differently orientated account of the episode, has stressed "the implications of brigandage for nineteenth century questions of Greek identity," focusing her attention on "pair of opposites.
The communists have done nothing but 'recruit people to die and to kill, and to get the things of the people without their consent, and that is really brigandage or stealing,' Mr.
violence, corruption, arson, and brigandage were employed in the mad desire to win and retain power both in the regions and at the centre" (Report of the Political Bureau 1987: 25).
The recognition of this disturbing fact elicits a perception of Nigeria in They Said I Abused the Government and Samarkand and Other markets I have known,as a pseudo-nation struggling against military brigandage, corruption and constant threat of disintegration from its federating units.
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When our current outbreak of progressive cultural brigandage has eventually run its course, as it must, conservatism will once again emerge from the rubble and offer modest reflections on the best way to pick up the pieces with the aim of restoring some semblance of cultural and social order to the extent that the circumstances allow.