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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


LARCENY Defined for Kids

larceny

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noun lar·ce·ny \ˈlär-sə-nē\

Definition of larceny

plural lar·ce·nies

  1. :  the unlawful taking of personal property without the owner's consent :  theft



History for larceny

In Latin, the language of ancient Rome, the word latro referred to a soldier who fought for pay rather than from a sense of duty. Because such soldiers had a poor reputation, the meaning of the word came to be “robber” or “bandit,” and the word derived from it, latrocinium, meant “act of robbery.” Latrocinium became larecin, “theft,” in medieval French, and this word was borrowed into English as larceny.



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