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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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Meanwhile, the heirs of the deceased have claimed that police portrayed Babar and Bahadur as dacoit and get them killed by the people.
KARACHI -- Police in Karachi claimed to have killed a dacoit who looted valuables from passengers in a local bus here on Sunday.
KASUR -- A dacoit was killed while four others fled following an encounter with police in Sadder Pottoki police limit on Friday.
The notorious dacoit Choto Bhakrani of the Rajanpur district of the Punjab, Sultan alias Sultu and Budhu Shar of Ghotki district in Sindh had ganged up to resist the police operation in their jungle hideouts along the river.
FAISALABAD -- A dacoit was injured while his accomplice was arrested by the police after an encounter in the area of Batala Colony police station.
Separately, Noman, a dacoit who was injured in police shootout in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Block-V, was arrested, while his comrade Zeeshan managed to escape, said SP Abid Qaimkhani.
MUZAFFARGAHR -- A dacoit was killed in an encounter with police here on Friday.
New Delhi In an ironical twist of fate, a policeman consented to his daughter Mona marrying a dreaded dacoit Shiv Dutt.
Although I am dressed as a dacoit, I'll take the money from those dacoit politicians and give to it to common man.
RENALA KHURD -- A dacoit was killed by the firing of his accomplices in an alleged encounter with police on Thursday.
VEHARI -- At least one dacoit has been killed while two police officers embraced martyrdom as operation continued against dacoits hidden in 200 acres of corn fields in Vehari.
The police have received complaints from local bodies that dacoit gangs were seeking a cut in the funds allocated for development schemes.