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Definition an armed thief — especially a member of a band that resides in the countryside
  • The road is not safe because of roving brigands.
  • He sounds charming, but has the morals of a remorseless brigand.
  • "I almost hesitated, though," replied the sailor; "you looked more like a brigand than an honest man, with your beard six inches, and your hair a foot long."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • We were afraid you had been captured by brigands.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • brigands = armed thieves — especially members of a band that reside in the countryside
  • They all went down to tea flushed and joyous as any mountain brigands.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • brigands = armed thieves — especially members of a band that reside in the countryside
  • The hardships of the journey would be perfectly appalling, apart from the risk of brigandage or even treachery among their own escorting party.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • He was delighted with himself: he looked every inch a brigand.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • I counted three—a half dozen men of dubious character, brigands with eyes devoid of all conscience....
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • From some firsthand reports I've heard, I believe that he has used guided missiles against warships sent after his brigands.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • As it turned out it was Chapter Eight she wanted, a report of the author's own encounter with the Trystero brigands.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • Good God, though we did play the brigand we might at least emulate the illustrious and spare pretty women.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • But it was the Web authorities and brigands from whom we fled, no?
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The day I need military counsel from a Lysene brigand is the day I put off my crown and take the black.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • An episode of the brigandage of today and every day!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • In the old days such men turned from soldiers into brigands.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • If I knew which rascal threw at the carriage, and if that brigand were sufficiently near it, he should be crushed under the wheels.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • SECOND POET: Eight bleeding brigand carcasses strew the pavements there—all slit open with sword-gashes!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • It was no brigand or orc-chieftain that ordered the assault upon the Lord of Mordor's greatest foe.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • "Don't you remember," said the patron, "I told you that among the crew there were two Corsican brigands?"
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • She thinks we're brigands who are going to sell her for a slave.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club

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