lar·​ce·​nous | \ ˈlär-snəs How to pronounce larcenous (audio) , ˈlär-sə-nəs \

Definition of larcenous

1 : having the character of or constituting larceny
2 : committing larceny

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Other Words from larcenous

larcenously adverb

Examples of larcenous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the larcenous lootation (which is now a word, because why not?) of DeAndre Hopkins, wide receiver isn't so much a need here. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "NFL mock draft: Derrick Brown or Isaiah Simmons for Arizona Cardinals in 2020 NFL draft?," 22 Apr. 2020 Kim not only displayed her own larcenous streak -- laughing off warnings about Jimmy's behavior from her former boss, Howard (Patrick Fabian), then fantasizing about ways of retaliating against him -- but her toughness and resilience. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Better Call Saul' plants the seeds for a killer final season," 21 Apr. 2020 Blindspotting director Carlos Lopez Estrada will direct the new film, once again retelling the story of the swashbuckling fox and his larcenous adventures in Nottingham. Devan Coggan,, "Disney’s Robin Hood is getting a live-action/CG remake, too," 10 Apr. 2020 The good news is that, after 18 years of larcenous tyranny under Joseph Kabila, Congo has a different president. The Economist, "Ebola is a reminder of why the world should pay attention to Congo," 1 Aug. 2019 Preller, starting with flat-out larcenous deals that landed Fernando Tatis Jr. and Chris Paddack, has pushed a lot more right buttons than wrong ones the three years. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Trade options on table for Preller, Padres show progress," 20 July 2019 The writers of this action sequel are magnificently larcenous. Michael Heaton,, "'Pacific Rim' sequel will please fans of the original (review)," 23 Mar. 2018 This focus puts a finer point on what was an intermittent theme in the first season: the larcenous nature of everyday life. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Review: ‘Atlanta’ and the Surreal Larceny of Life," 28 Feb. 2018 WANTED: Docent/Tour Guide PURPOSE OF JOB: To provide an interactive but non-larcenous educational experience for visitors to a venerable Yorkshire estate. Louis Bayard, New York Times, "‘Downton Abbey’ Season 6, Episode 6: Does Lady Mary Have a Heart?," 7 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of larcenous

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Larcenous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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lar·​ce·​nous | \ ˈlär-sə-nəs How to pronounce larcenous (audio) \

Legal Definition of larcenous

1 : of, relating to, or having the nature of larceny larcenous intent a larcenous scheme
2 : committing larceny

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