Thuggee

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Thuggee (or tuggee, ठग्गी', ṭhagī ) (from Hindi ठग ṭhag ‘thief’, from Sanskrit स्थग sthaga ‘cunning’, ‘sly’, ‘fraudulent’, ‘dishonest’, ‘scoundrel’, from स्थगति sthagati ‘he conceals’)[1] is the term for a particular kind of murder and robbery committed by travellers in India.

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Thuggery

The English word "thug" comes from the Hindi word "thag", meaning "conman". It is one of many Indian words borrowed into English during the British colonial period. The English connotation of 'thug' is synonymous with terms like hoodlum, indicating a person who harasses or attacks others, usually for hire.[citation needed] People regarded as thugs might menace, commit assault, battery, robbery or even grievous bodily harm, but they usually stop short of murder. They work alone, in pairs, or in groups, and are typically open about their presence (except to law enforcement officials). The Indian "Thuggee" were covert and operated as members of a group, often called a "Thuggee cult" by the British. Hence, the word "Thuggee" is capitalised while the word "thug" usually is not; which enables distinction of a "Thug" (here, a short form of "Thuggee") from a "thug".

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