"The English word thug, meaning a violent criminal, comes from the Hindi word thag (and originally from the Sanskrit word sthaga), meaning a thief or villain."Back in the 1500's or so ,not really sure about the date, there was a god, in which ladies would come to. They would scarfice items to it, and also cut themselfs and the men would come and still there sacrifics and beat the women and they call themselfs thugs"The original Thugs were bands of roving criminals in India who strangled and robbed travellers. Originally these gangs committed murder following precise religious rites to honour Kali, the Hindu goddess of destruction."

the thug beat the cramp out of me.
you think your a thug but u dont even know what it means
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Orininally a member of an Indian sect ("thuggee") that worshipped Kali and killed people to rob them. Famous for strangulating people. One cult head was tried for more than 900 murders.
The word has later evolved to mean "robber, murderer" in general.
The earliest thuggee account was R. C. Sherwood's Of the Murderers Called Phansigars which was based on interrogations and depositions of thuggees and published in 1820
by DocLeary September 09, 2005

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A creative way for white people such as Bill O'Reilly to call a black person the 'N' word without getting censored on television.
"Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis were no-good, arrogant gangster thugs. Long live George Zimmerman and the KKK."
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a young tough acting criminal
A thug doesn't have a chance of living a successful lifestyle.
by Gerard Irick May 30, 2009

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Thug (from HINDI) 1) an organized gang of professional assassins. 2) a thief
A group of thugs attacked, and killed my brother.
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Any follower of the Indian religion known as Thugge. Traditionaly Thugs traveled through India in small groups sticking to back roads. When they came across travelers they would strangle them with silk scarves and bury the bodies. The Thugs were destroyed by the Brittish military in the late 1800's.
Last week my brother went to town and never came back. I think it was the Thugs.
by Killroy was here June 16, 2005

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A term used by racist white people that means "black Americans who obviously did something wrong even if I know nothing about them and commit crimes and destroy American sports".
"Calhoun just recruited a bunch of thugs, that's why he won so many championships. He should try to recruit people who deserve to go to college"
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