Part of speech: noun

One of a sect of religious assassins in India.

Part of speech: noun

A murderous ruffian; cutthroat.

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Usage examples "thug":

  1. " When a Thug is killed," said one of them to the celebrated Sleeman, " or when one does not belong to the sect, and kills without conforming to the rites, it is a crime, and should be punished." - "Modern Saints and Seers", Jean Finot.
  2. " Let's see what the Thug is up to," he said, crossed the room, drew back the drapery, and opened the door into the little closet where we had seen Mahbub once before. - "The Gloved Hand", Burton E. Stevenson.
  3. It has been recorded that an Indian Thug conscientiously regretted that he had not strangled and robbed as many travellers as did his father before him. - "The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Vol. I (1st edition)", Charles Darwin.