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larceny

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noun lar·ce·ny \-nē, -sə-nē\

Simple Definition of larceny

  • law : the act of stealing something

Full Definition of larceny

plural lar·ce·nies

  1. :  the unlawful taking of personal property with intent to deprive the rightful owner of it permanently

Examples of larceny

  1. He was arrested and charged with larceny.

  2. He has been accused of several larcenies.



Origin of larceny

Middle English, from Anglo-French larecin theft, from Latin latrocinium robbery, from latron-, latro mercenary soldier, probably from Greek *latrōn, from latron pay


First Known Use: 15th century



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