bandit

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bandit an armed thief who is (usually) a member of a band
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A British term for slot machine is "fruit machine" or "one-armed bandit."
    • n Bandit băn"dĭt An outlaw; a brigand.☞ The plural banditti was formerly used as a collective noun. "No savage fierce, bandit , or mountaineer.""Deerstealers are ever a desperate banditti ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bandit An outlaw; one who is proscribed. Hence A lawless or desperate fellow; a brigand; a robber; especially, one of an organized band of lawless marauders.
    • n bandit Synonyms Brigand, etc. See robber.
    • bandit To outlaw; proscribe; banish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bandit ban′dit an outlaw: a robber
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Quotations

  • D. H. Lawrence
    D.%20H.%20Lawrence
    “I can't bear art that you can walk round and admire. A book should be either a bandit or a rebel or a man in the crowd.”
  • Robert Burns
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    “Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.”
  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “Sperm is a bandit in its pure state.”
  • Mariano Azuela
    Mariano Azuela
    “Thinkers prepare the revolution and bandits carry it out.”

Idioms

Bandit territory - An area or an industry, profession, etc, where rules and laws are ignored or flouted is bandit territory.
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Make out like a bandit - (USA) If someone is extremely successful in a venture, they make out like a bandit.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. bandito, outlaw, p. p. of bandire, to proclaim, to banish, to proscribe, LL. bandire, bannire,. See Ban an edict, and cf. Banish
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It. bandito—Low L. bannire, bandire, to proclaim. See Ban.

Usage

In literature:

Mendoza says he answered that he would give twice as much to chastise such a bandit as Drake.
"English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century" by James Anthony Froude
A bandit always in search of booty, the Ant discovers the remains.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
His bandit hirelings were at hand to remove and bury, many fathoms deep in moat and earth, all traces of the deed.
"The Days of Bruce Vol 1" by Grace Aguilar
Don't fly in the face of your own interests, Scraggsy, you bandit.
"Captain Scraggs" by Peter B. Kyne
Bandits and hostile tribes frequent this well of Chidugulah, and rest hereabouts to pillage caravans.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
The lieutenant ordered his men to halt and face the foolhardy bandits.
"The Poor Plutocrats" by Maurus Jókai
The albino's men are petty-larceny bandits compared with Slade.
"The Settling of the Sage" by Hal G. Evarts
Upon one of his recent excursions the bandit captain had raided an old mission church for its candlesticks.
"Daughter of the Sun" by Jackson Gregory
The bandits were jubilant.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
Standing beside the trail was an Italian bandit with a knife two feet long in his hands.
"Tenting To-night" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
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In poetry:

What’s man but a heathenish bandit?
Earth’s charity proves but a lie -
Tis given with looks that remand it;
Philanthropy’s all in your eye.
"The Misanthrope's Reverie" by Joseph Warren Watson
Rome had her triumphs; round the conqueror's car
The ensigns waved, the brazen clarions blew,
And o'er the reeking spoils of bandit war
With outspread wings the cruel eagles flew;
"For The Commemoration Services" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
A life that is free as the bandit's of old,
When Rome was the prey of the warriers bold
Who knew how to buy gallant soldiers with gold,
Is the life, full of danger,
Of Jack the bushranger,
Of bold Donahue
"Brave Donahue" by Anonymous Oceania
Her skin was of Egyptian brown:
Haughty, as if her eye had seen
Its own light to a distance thrown,
She towered, fit person for a Queen To lead those ancient Amazonian files;
Or ruling Bandit's wife among the Grecian isles.
"Beggars" by William Wordsworth
"You lousy crooks," the bandit cried; "You're slickly heeled I know;
Come, make it snappy, dump outside your booty in the snow."
The gambling pair went putty pale; they crimped as if with cold.
And heaved upon the icy trail two hefty pokes of gold.
"Black Moran" by Robert W Service
The bandit whispered in his ear: "Jeez-crize, you got me wrong.
I wouldn't rob you Father dear - to your Church I belong."
Then swiftly striding to the sleigh he dumped the gold back in,
And hollered: "On your knees and pray, you lousy sons of sin!"
"Black Moran" by Robert W Service

In news:

Authorities say a suspected robber dubbed the Tiger Bandit has implicated himself in five Southern California bank heists.
Suspected bank robber nicknamed 'Tiger Bandit ' arrested in Southern California.
LOS ANGELES — Authorities say a suspected robber dubbed the Tiger Bandit has implicated himself in five Southern California bank heists.
Conditions at Lexington, Blue Grass Airport, KY. Police say besides being called the "Blond Wig Bandit ," Charles Sanford is also a serial bank robber.
Details emerge in Bay Area 'Chrome Revolver Bandit ' spree.
Were dubbed the "Masked Bandits " by investigators because they wore Halloween masks depicting Hillary Rodham Clinton, a skeleton, a hockey player and a gorilla during the robberies that spanned between Sept 12 and Nov 2, 2011.
Details emerge in Bay Area 'chrome revolver bandit ' spree.
Store clerk, fired for scaring off the Fake Beard Bandit , is flooded with support.
The Fake Beard Bandit (left) and the man who made him run away.
WTKR-TV continues to follow the saga of Devin McClean, the arch-nemesis of the Fake Beard Bandit .
The FBI calls him the "Geezer Bandit " because of the mask he wears to resemble an elderly person.
'Bucket List Bandit ' behind bars.
Bandit may be targeting passengers leaving Red Line.
Boston and MBTA Police are stepping up patrols this week and warning the public after a flurry of street robberies targeting women that may be the work of a single, armed bandit .
A bandit claiming to have a bomb robbed a Giant supermarket in Whitpain Township, Montgomery County, late last night.
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In science:

They were also the first to consider the K -armed bandit problem with expert advice, introducing the Exp4 algorithm as discussed earlier.
Contextual Bandit Algorithms with Supervised Learning Guarantees
Further background on online bandit problems appears in .
Contextual Bandit Algorithms with Supervised Learning Guarantees
In this section, we applied Exp4.P with the improvement in Section 6 to a large-scale contextual bandit problem.
Contextual Bandit Algorithms with Supervised Learning Guarantees
With such random traffic data, we were able to obtain an unbiased estimate of the CTR (called eCTR) of a bandit algorithm as if it is run in the real world .
Contextual Bandit Algorithms with Supervised Learning Guarantees
Note that since the bandit algorithm continues to refine its policy based on payoff feedback in the learning bucket, its greedy policy may change over time.
Contextual Bandit Algorithms with Supervised Learning Guarantees
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