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    #1

    criminal and bandit

    Hi there,
    Do these words convey basically the same idea?
    Is "bandit" an old-fashioned word in English and, so, of little use nowadays?
    Thanks.


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    Re: criminal and bandit

    A criminal is anyone convicted of a crime, of breaking the law. We usually reserve this very negative appellation for those committing serious offences.

    A bandit is a very old-fashioned term not in common use any more when referring to a type of criminal. It was a robber or outlaw belonging to a gang and typically operating in an isolated or lawless area.
    The term was used as slang by the RAF during the WWII to refer to enemy planes: "Bandits at 2 o'clock!" and may still be used in one or more of the armed services still - I don't know.

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