banditti

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Italian bandito

Noun[edit]

banditti (plural only)

  1. (obsolete) robbers or outlaws.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, Book VII, chapter xi
      [] this was the very time when the late rebellion was at the highest; and indeed the banditti were now marched into England []
    • 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, chapter 18
      [] I have more pleasure in a snug farmhouse than a watch-tower—and a troop of tidy, happy villagers please me better than the finest banditti in the world.”