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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.
SP Potohar Division Syed Ali, when contacted, said that several police teams had been constituted to trace out the dacoit gangs.
MULTAN -- A dacoit was killed by the firing of his own accomplices during a cross firing, in the jurisdiction of Qadirpur Rawan police station.
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.
RAWALPINDI:A woman was shot dead and her husband got injured in robbery attempt in the jurisdiction of Rata Amral police station here on Saturday.According to details, a man namely Muhammad Tahir was going back to home along with his wife Nida Bibi at Main Market in Ratta Amral when an unknown armed dacoit intercepted them.
Police recovered a countrymade pistol, live cartridges and a cell phone from the possession of the dacoit.
According to police officials, this dacoit gang is consisted of 8 to 10 dacoits and in every incident 4 to 5 dacoits participate.
MULTAN -- An arrested alleged dacoit was killed due to firing of his accomplices near Kali Pulli in Basti Malook police precincts.
He said that Search for one Dacoit is still underway.
SIALKOT -- A dacoit was shot dead by his two accomplices in a bid to get him released from local farmers' captivity during a dacoity incident in village Thakar Key-Bambaanwala, Daska tehsil, in the wee hours of Friday.
Angry residents subjected the dacoit to sound thrashing and handed him over to police.Rescue teams also reached the spot and shifted the injured toBenazirHospital.
Similarly, after a shootout in Sukkur, police arrested one dacoit identified as Irfan while his two accomplices managed to escape from the scene.