noun lar·ce·ny \-nē, -sə-nē\

law : the act of stealing something

plural lar·ce·nies

Full Definition of LARCENY

:  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

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, malfeasance, modus operandi


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