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

[Hindi ḍakait.]
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(Sociology) (in India and Myanmar) a member of a gang of armed robbers
[C19: from Hindi dakait, from dākā robbery]
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(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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References in classic literature ?
A few letters came, and then his father heard from the colonel of his regiment that he had been killed by dacoits in Burmah.
Hyderabad -- Abductee singers along with their five-member band have been recovered by police from Shikarpur dacoits.
KARACHI -- Karachi police have arrested two dacoits of ' Dakaiti Qaumi Movement (DQM) from Aziz Abad and recovered arms and ammunition from their possession.
The dacoits usually cover their faces with masks and target the citizens including the graders on a motorcycle and manage to flee amicably after looting cash and mobile phones.
The police have cordoned off the area to arrest the fleeing dacoits.
Sialkot -- During search operation, police on Friday successfully traced out a dacoit gang and arrested three dacoits who were involved in 15 cases of robberies and dacoities.
QUETTA -- Two dacoits were arrested by Levies force in a raid in Babri Khatai area here on Sunday.
LAHORE: Two dacoits were killed by firing of a citizen at Hanjerwal area near Motorway.
DADU -- Three dacoits were killed and one police constable was injured critically in an encounter between Johi town police and dacoits on the Johi link road in the city on Wednesday, some 20km away from Dadu city.
KARACHI -- At least three dacoits were killed in a police encounter on Monday night at the Super Highway in Karachi.
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.According to details, five dacoits entered a house to commit robbery in a village near Chaklala but the family members offered resistance upon which dacoits opened fire and wounded two people.
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.