- a violent person, especially a criminal
- (historic) a member of a religious organization of robbers and assassins in India. Devotees of the goddess Kali, the Thugs waylaid and strangled their victims, usually travelers, in a ritually prescribed manner.
Since we're on the topic of thugs, here is a list of well known thugs
Putin - a Megalomaniac Lying Bastard Thug.
ISIS- Definitely Not Drunken(except with power) but still Wanker Thugs
Pro-Russian Separatists in the Ukraine - Putin boot-lick-in Thugs
KKK - Stuck in the Past moonshine drinking Thugs
Boko Harum - New Guys on the Block Thugs
Notice anything they all have in common?
They all wear goddamn masks because their power is illegitimate(maybe they are too and probably illiterate to boot) and they are a bunch of bullies who couldn't talk a school girl(are girls even allowed to go to school?) out of her lolly pop using a valid argument and so have to resort to using guns and violence to get their way.
My twin Dirk says "These guys really piss me off. If I were a hot headed younger man I would dig up my dad's M40 from the backyard(where he stores all his Prepper supplies), buy a balaclava and go off and reduce the population."
But then he would just be a Thug and I would have to put his photo up here as well.