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Thug vs Killer - What's the difference?

thug | killer |

As nouns the difference between thug and killer

is that thug is a criminal with an intimidating and unseemly appearance and mannerisms, who treats others violently and roughly, especially for hire while killer is an ink eradicator or killer can be a paid killer, a contract killer.



(wikipedia thug) From (etyl) . Thuggee was an Indian network of secret fraternities who were engaged in murdering and robbing travellers and known for strangling their victims, operating from the 17th century (possibly as early as 13th century) to the 19th century. During of India, many Indian words passed into common English, and in 1810 thug referred to members of these Indian gangs. The sense was adopted more generally as "ruffian, cutthroat" by 1839.


(en noun)
  • A criminal with an intimidating and unseemly appearance and mannerisms, who treats others violently and roughly, especially for hire.
  • (dated) One of a band of assassins formerly active in northern India who worshipped and offered their victims to her.
  • Synonyms

    * See also




    (en noun)
  • That which kills.
  • There’s a killer on the loose.
    ''My cat is a habitual bird killer .
    Carbon monoxide is a silent killer .
  • (figuratively) That which causes stress or is extremely difficult, especially that which may cause failure at a task.
  • ''That test was a killer .
    The final hill in the race course was a killer .
  • (figuratively) Something that is so far ahead of its competition that it effectively kills off that competition.
  • Various means had were used to steer aircraft in the early years but ailerons were the killer .
  • (sports) A knockout form of darts or pool involving several players.
  • A diacritic mark used in Indic scripts to suppress an inherent vowel (e.g., the Hindi viram, the Bengali or Oriya hasanta) or render the entire syllable silent (e.g., the Burmese virama, the Khmer toandakhiat).
  • So, for example, an invisible ?thaq “killer ” (virama) (U+1039) is not inserted between initial and medial consonants. — http://mercury.soas.ac.uk/wadict/burmese/SOASMyanmar_keyboard_and_font_user_manual.pdf
    We have previously shown that there is no “virama” sign as a general “killer ” in Khmer script, unlike, for example, in Devanagari script. — http://std.dkuug.dk/jtc1/sc2/wg2/docs/n2458.pdf
    The virama U+1039 MYANMAR SIGN VIRAMA also participates in some common constructions where it appears as a visible sign, commonly termed killer . — http://www.myanmarnlp.net.mm/doc/20010714_implementation_draungmaw1.PPT
    In the course of its adaptation to non-Indo-Aryan languages, the Burmese script has acquired some features that distinguish it from other Indic scripts. The killer''', or virama, participates in some common constructions that would be clumsy to handle the way they would be in the other Indic scripts, so the control function of the virama is separated from the diacritic function of the '''killer'''. The virama, 0F4D is used to form conjunct consonants, while the '''killer''', 0F52, is a simple diacritic and has no effect on character shaping. The '''killer is also combined with the VOWEL SIGN O (0F4B) to form the low level tone vowel “o.” When used this way, this symbol is known as hyei hto, or “thrust forward.” — http://unicode.org/reports/tr1.html
    For example, although the ‘vowel killer ’ diacritic may be called a ‘pulli’ in Tamil, it is still referred to by the Unicode character names as a ‘virama’. — http://www.w3.org/2002/Talks/09-ri-indic/indic-paper.html
    Thai words that have been borrowed from Sanskrit, Pali and English usually try to retain as much of the original spelling as possible; as this will often produce pronunciations that are impossible or misleading, a ‘killer ’ symbol is placed above the redundant consonant to indicate that it may be ignored'' — ''Thai: An Essential Grammar By David Smyth
    Sometimes the ‘killer'''’ sign, called '''kaaran in Thai, cancels out not only the consonant above which it appears, but also the one immediately preceding it.'' — ''Thai: An Essential Grammar By David Smyth


    * (that which kills) assassin, murderer; see also * (diacritic) virama, halant, vowel killer

    Derived terms

    * contract killer * ladykiller; lady-killer; lady killer * serial killer * thrill killer * vowel killer


    (en adjective)
  • (slang) Excellent, very good.
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  • Causing death, destruction, or obliteration.
  • Derived terms

    * killer app * killer cancel

    See also

    * anusvara * candrabindu * sukun * visarga ----