Ban"dit (?), n.; pl.Bandits (#), ∨ Banditti (#). [It. bandito outlaw, p.p. of bandire to proclaim, to banish, to proscribe, LL. bandire, bannire. See Ban an edict, and cf. Banish.]

An outlaw; a brigand.

No savage fierce, bandit, or mountaineer. Milton.

⇒ The plural banditti was formerly used as a collective noun.

Deerstealers are ever a desperate banditti. Sir W. Scott.

 

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