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

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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 The patent cites iPods as a specific source of larcenous intent, but administration of such a system could be easier in MacBooks and iPhones, which already have movement sensors for other purposes. David Becker, WIRED, "Apple Patents Anti-Theft Gizmo," 17 May 2007 The reveal starred a larcenous talking monkey who tricks a black-market trader into accepting a fraudulent trade. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Beyond Good and Evil 2," 12 June 2017

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First Known Use of larcenous

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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