larceny

noun
lar·​ce·​ny | \ ˈlär-snē How to pronounce larceny (audio) , ˈlär-sə-ni\
plural larcenies

Definition of larceny

: the unlawful taking of personal property with intent to deprive the rightful owner of it permanently was arrested and charged with larceny

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Synonyms for larceny

Synonyms

robbery, stealing, theft, thievery

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Examples of larceny in a Sentence

He was arrested and charged with larceny. He has been accused of several larcenies.

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The larceny charge was the most substantial allegation. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, "American Charged in Russia Tried to Steal $10,000 as a Marine in Iraq," 4 Jan. 2019 Two teenagers were arrested Thursday on charges of larceny and burglary, police said. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "Hamden Police: Two Juveniles Steal Cars, Crash Into Police Cruiser," 29 June 2018 Adami has a criminal history, including multiple DUI convictions as well as larceny and burning of a public building, the Fayetteville Observer reported. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Pizzeria worker held after suspected rat poison found in cheese, police say," 7 June 2018 His court-martial involved several charges related to larceny, according to the Marines. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, "American Detained in Russia Is Charged With Espionage," 3 Jan. 2019 Chief Delatorre said thieves with lengthy arrest histories in the transit system committed many of the larcenies in the system in 2018. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Serial Pickpockets to Blame for Bump in New York City Subway Crime, Police Say," 5 Jan. 2019 The pair also reached deals to raise the state’s felony larceny threshold, increase requirements that felons repay their victims and to cut some regulations. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "How a reshaped Virginia legislature learned to love Medicaid expansion," 4 June 2018 In June, one of the NYPD’s analysts, 40-year-old Kendall Perez, noticed five larceny investigations involving vehicles in Queens. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "NYPD Number-Crunchers Fight Crime With Spreadsheets," 23 July 2018 Newling has been arrested and charged with larceny and is scheduled to appear in court again in November. Fox News, "Arrest warrant issued for NASCAR's Jordan Anderson on stolen car charge," 27 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of larceny

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for larceny

Middle English, from Anglo-French larecin theft, from Latin latrocinium robbery, from latron-, latro mercenary soldier, probably from Greek *latrōn, from latron pay

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larceny

noun

English Language Learners Definition of larceny

law : the act of stealing something

larceny

noun
lar·​ce·​ny | \ ˈlär-sə-nē How to pronounce larceny (audio) \
plural larcenies

Kids Definition of larceny

: the unlawful taking of personal property without the owner's consent : theft

larceny

noun
lar·​ce·​ny | \ ˈlär-sə-nē How to pronounce larceny (audio) \
plural larcenies

Legal Definition of larceny

: the unlawful taking and carrying away of personal property with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of it permanently also : any of several types of theft (as embezzlement or obtaining another's property by false pretenses) that have been traditionally distinguished from larceny

Note: Under the Model Penal Code and in states that follow it, larceny is a type of theft. In states where larceny is currently defined as a separate crime, it may include the crimes that were distinct from it under common law.

grand larceny
: felonious larceny of property having a value greater than an amount fixed by law also : larceny accompanied by aggravating circumstances (as the use of threats)
larceny by trick
: larceny of property obtained by the use of misrepresentation especially in getting an owner to hand over something in the belief that it is for temporary purposes — compare false pretenses
larceny from the person
: larceny of property held by or within the immediate control of its owner
petit larceny \ ˈpe-​tē-​ \
: larceny of property having a market value below an amount fixed by law

called also petty larceny

Note: Petit larceny is a misdemeanor.

History and Etymology for larceny

modification of Anglo-French larcine theft, from Old French larrecin, from Latin latrocinium robbery, from latron- latro mercenary soldier, brigand

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