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thug

(formerly) a member of an organization of robbers and assassins in India who typically strangled their victims
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There are three important factors that we should look at that breed thuggery in our society.
"We have the arms and capability of dealing with any forms of thuggery and that is the message I'm sending to them," warned the CS.
"I am giving this warning to Maithripala Sirisena's brothers not to indulge in thuggery. They may be kings of the forest.
The recent thuggery and vandalism comes at a historical moment.
"There aren't any victims of thuggery in this case," Al-Damshiti said, adding that the detainees cannot be accused of "thuggery" if there are no victims.
In reality, the Arab world at the beginning of the spring of its revolutions, is faltering inside a triangle composed by Turkey, Iran and Israel, regardless of the extent of Ankara's sympathy towards the issues of the region - and Erdogan's projects - and towards those complaining about the prevalence of Iran's thuggery, whether under the Palestinian headline or that of the brotherhood among the Muslims.
Wales have a small pool of players and as our injury list grows we cannot complete fairly on the world stage until thuggery is properly controlled and punished.
The silent reaction from the Interior Ministry for this atrocity against one of its men, who intended to fulfill his duty of forcing the rule of law, is unacceptable as it serves nothing but the spread of thuggery and violence in the society.
In order to combat thuggery from England's football fans who have descended on the city while the team prepare for Euro 2012, they have trained dogs to rip the testicles off anyone who might cause bother.
A JUDGE has condemned an attack on two university students as "brutal thuggery." Bangor University undergraduate Daniel Owen suffered a broken cheekbone and jaw after being attacked on a night out in the town, Caernarfon Crown Court heard.
Paul Barnett and his sons gave no thought for the safety of others at the match or for the fact that their thuggery was witnessed by many young children.
The current collapse of the British welfare-state model into mindless thuggery is a warning to all countries of the fragile nature of supposedly stable Western democracies.