effraction

noun

ef·​frac·​tion
eˈfrakshən,
ə̇ˈ-
plural -s
: the action of making forcible entry
criminal effraction of a house
effraction into a store

Word History

Etymology

French, modification (influenced by French -ion) of Late Latin effractura, from Latin effractus (past participle of effringere to break open, from ex- + -fringere, from frangere to break) + -ura -ure

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“Effraction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/effraction. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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