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Thug·gee

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

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

(θʌˈɡiː)
n
(Historical Terms) history the methods and practices of the thugs of India
[C19: from Hindi thagī; see thug]
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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
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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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Furthermore, how ridiculous is the fact that British Government has to establish 'Anti Thugi and Dacoity Department' but Macaulay couldn't come across a single thief?
Further, by rhetorically shifting the scandal onto Indian practices like sati (the notorious suicide/murder of Hindu widows) and thugi (an alleged cult of highway murderers), Britons displaced the putative need for the British Empire onto the Indians.
He established 'Anti Thugi and Dacoity Department' to meet this goal.