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Synonyms and Antonyms of theft

  1. 1 the unlawful taking and carrying away of property without the consent of its owner <while violent crime in the city has decreased dramatically, rates of theft and vandalism have risen slightly> Synonyms larceny, robbery, stealing, thievery Related Words burglary, housebreaking; embezzlement, embezzling, graft, misapplication, misappropriation, peculation; petit larceny, petty larceny; filching, pilferage, pilfering, purloining, shoplifting; abduction, carjacking, hijacking (also highjacking), kidnapping (also kidnaping), shanghaiing; despoilment, despoliation, looting, pillage, plundering, rapine, spoliation; poaching, rustling; black marketeering, smuggling; banditry, piracy

  2. 2 an instance of theft <the police found the stolen car an hour after the theft was reported> Synonyms grab, heist, pinch, rip-off, snatching, swiping Related Words break-in, burglary, holdup, mugging, stickup

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