Definition of purloin
: to appropriate wrongfully and often by a breach of trust
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Examples of purloin in a Sentence
the studio stepped up security, fearing that someone might attempt to purloin a copy of the script for the show's season finale
Recent Examples of purloin from the Web
As his frustration grew, the mysterious trickle from WikiLeaks of the Democratic National Committee’s and John Podesta’s purloined e-mails were continuing in a deliberate, steadily ominous flow.
In other works, Parker has purloined objects, squashed them, melted them down and recast them, scratched them, and fired bullets at them.
The attacks on Friday are likely to raise significant questions about whether the growing number of countries developing and stockpiling cyberweapons can avoid having those same tools purloined and turned against their own citizens.
The petition to the high court comes from a San Antonio man whom the RIAA accused of using the Kazaa file-sharing program to purloin its members’ music in 2006.
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Origin and Etymology of purloin
Synonym Discussion of purloin
PURLOIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of purloin for English Language Learners
: to take (something that belongs to someone else)
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