bandit

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bandit:

see brigandagebrigandage
[Ital. brigare=to fight], robbery and plundering committed by armed bands, often associated with forests or mountain regions. Social and political demoralization, economic or political oppression, and racial or religious antagonisms may give rise to brigandage,
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These savages are the most dangerous banditti of the mountains, and the inveterate foe of the trappers.
I would rather find myself in the middle of the forest encircled by wild beasts than fall into the hands of these banditti.
These modern supermen were a lot of sordid banditti who had the successful effrontery to preach a code of right and wrong to their victims which they themselves did not practise.