noun \ˈtheft\

: the act or crime of stealing

Full Definition of THEFT

a :  the act of stealing; specifically :  the felonious taking and removing of personal property with intent to deprive the rightful owner of it
b :  an unlawful taking (as by embezzlement or burglary) of property
obsolete :  something stolen
:  a stolen base in baseball

Examples of THEFT

  1. The theft of the jewelry and other valuables was immediately reported to the police.
  2. He was found guilty of theft.

Origin of THEFT

Middle English thiefthe, from Old English thīefth; akin to Old English thēof thief
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with THEFT


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In law, the crime of taking the property or services of another without consent. Under most statutes, theft encompasses the crimes of larceny, robbery, and burglary. Larceny is the crime of taking and carrying away the goods of another with intent to steal. Grand larceny, or larceny of property of substantial value, is a felony, whereas petty larceny, or larceny of less valuable property, is a misdemeanour. The same principle applies to grand theft and petty theft, which need not necessarily involve the “carrying away” of property and may include the theft of services. Robbery is an aggravated form of larceny involving violence or the threat of violence directed against the victim in his presence. Burglary is defined as the breaking and entering of the premises of another with an intent to commit a felony within. Two offenses usually distinguished from theft are embezzlement and fraud.


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