Definition of dacoit in English:



  • A member of a band of armed robbers in India or Burma (Myanmar).

    ‘This valley was recently the territory of a famous dacoit, or highway robber, named Mohammad Khan.’
    • ‘Since the entire Chambal area is notorious for dacoits and robbers' gangs, safety in traveling must be ensured beforehand.’
    • ‘In South India, roving bands of dacoits, carrying out their traditional depredations on the weak and unprotected, had been a part of the rural landscape for centuries.’
    • ‘The judge said it was negligence on the part of the Karnataka state government not to take steps to arrest the forest dacoit and his colleagues.’
    • ‘In most successful democracies voters are discerning enough to not vote for crooks, dacoits and murderers.’
    • ‘Near Hebbal lake, a gang of around five highway dacoits attacked two businessmen and sped away in their cars a few days ago.’
    • ‘On Sunday night, dacoits looted valuables worth over Rs 1 lakh from a house in Rajarajeshwari Nagar after assaulting the aged residents.’
    • ‘Majeed was a dacoit and had committed various crimes in his area.’
    • ‘Acharya Vinoba Bhave, a keen Gandhian and social reformer, convinced the dacoits terrorising the Chambal ravines to give up arms in 1960, signifying the victory of non-violence.’
    • ‘At the last count, dacoits have targeted as many as seven passenger trains passing through Bihar, the latest incident being on June 8 in Siwan district.’
    • ‘Back in 1790, a caravan of Persian carpet weavers, on their way to the Mughal court, was waylaid and injured by dacoits on the Great Deccan Road.’
    • ‘‘It looks like the dacoits did not expect the couple to wake up and resist them when they were robbing the house,’ a senior police officer said.’
    • ‘The Pakistani Army is arriving to wipe out the dacoits, and the clock is running out for everyone involved.’
    • ‘The once young manservant of our house recognized me immediately, for I had spent hours in his room listening to stories of a fearsome dacoit.’
    • ‘People residing in newly developed localities are easy target for dacoits.’
    • ‘In 1959, an Inspector-General of Police killed the dangerous dacoit, Gabbar Singh, in an encounter in the Chambal ravines of Madhya Pradesh.’
    • ‘Asre was a dacoit operating in the Chambal Valley and was responsible for several cases of murder, robbery and abduction in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.’
    • ‘From the start, the campaign to track down the notorious dacoit appears to have been brutal and inept.’
    • ‘Valmiki was a killer dacoit who reformed, became a Sage and wrote the Sanskrit Ramayana, one of the great sacred scriptures of the world.’
    • ‘Singh might have forgotten his own murky past as a dacoit, but the law had not.’



/dəˈkoit/ /dəˈkɔɪt/


From Hindi ḍakait, from ḍakaitī ‘robbery by a gang’.