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Thug·gee

 (thŭg′ē)
n.
Robbery and murder as practiced by the Thugs.

[Hindi ṭhagī, from ṭhag, Thug; see thug.]

thuggee

(θʌˈɡiː)
n
(Historical Terms) history the methods and practices of the thugs of India
[C19: from Hindi thagī; see thug]

thuggeeism, thuggee

a semi-religious Hindu cult with a highly organized system of murder and robbery, suppressed in India in the 19th century. Also thuggery. — thug, n.
See also: Hinduism
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thuggee - murder and robbery by thugs
murder, slaying, execution - unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being
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The English Government has succeeded in greatly diminishing these murders, though the Thuggees still exist, and pursue the exercise of their horrible rites.
Then he told us he was a Hajji--had been three times to Mecca--come in from French Africa, and that he'd met the nigger by the wayside--just like a case of thuggee, in India--and the nigger had poisoned him.
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