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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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And what are these Corsican bandits doing here with Spanish smugglers?
Very often the bandits are hard pressed by gendarmes or carbineers; well, they see a vessel, and good fellows like us on board, they come and demand hospitality of us; you can't refuse help to a poor hunted devil; we receive them, and for greater security we stand out to sea.
It is not their fault that they are bandits, but that of the authorities.
Well," said the young man, "let us demand hospitality of these smugglers and bandits.
On the other hand, he was about to land, without any other escort than these men, on an island which had, indeed, a very religious name, but which did not seem to Franz likely to afford him much hospitality, thanks to the smugglers and bandits.
said he, "I have travelled through Sicily and Calabria -- I have sailed two months in the Archipelago, and yet I never saw even the shadow of a bandit or a pirate.
Sometimes I amuse myself by delivering some bandit or criminal from the bonds of the law.
A leather pocketbook, a purse, in which was evidently a part of the sum which the bandit had received, with a dice box and dice, completed the possessions of the dead man.
The bandits took away Rs80,000 from the traders, police said.
KARACHI -- Police Thursday claimed to have gunned down two bandits and arrested two others in separate incidents.
A soldier was killed in an encounter with Abu Sayyaf bandits in Patikul, Sulu on Thursday, the military reported yesterday.