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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Examples of larceny in a Sentence

He was arrested and charged with larceny. He has been accused of several larcenies.
Recent Examples on the Web In 2020, the most recent year for which data are available, reports of robbery and larceny fell off a cliff. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 23 Dec. 2021 Meadows has other recent charges for allegedly making threats, trespassing, larceny and property damage. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 19 Dec. 2021 Theft/larceny is also up 7 percent, from 7,721 offenses in 2020 to 8,314 in 2021. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 15 Dec. 2021 She was charged with first-degree larceny and third-degree forgery. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, 3 Nov. 2021 She has been charged with first-degree larceny and third-degree forgery. Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2021 In August, Spranger pleaded no contest to disturbing the peace, a 90-day misdemeanor, with the original larceny felony charge to be dismissed. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, 24 Sep. 2020 In the Central district, for example, larceny and theft incidents are up almost 88% from a year earlier, and overall crime is up almost 52%, according to police statistics. Faith Karimi, CNN, 23 Nov. 2021 Police throughout the state follow a policy of not chasing vehicles if larceny or other nonviolent crimes are suspected. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 13 Nov. 2021

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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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The first known use of larceny was in the 15th century

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“Larceny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/larceny. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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larceny

noun

English Language Learners Definition of larceny

: the act of stealing something : theft

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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