purloin

verb pur·loin \ (ˌ)pər-ˈlȯin , ˈpər-ˌlȯin \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of purloin

transitive verb
:to appropriate wrongfully and often by a breach of trust

purloiner

noun

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Examples of purloin in a Sentence

  1. the studio stepped up security, fearing that someone might attempt to purloin a copy of the script for the show's season finale

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Origin and Etymology of purloin

Middle English, to put away, misappropriate, from Anglo-French purluigner to prolong, postpone, set aside, from pur- forward + luin, loing at a distance, from Latin longe, from longus long — more at purchase, long

Synonym Discussion of purloin

steal, pilfer, filch, purloin mean to take from another without right or without detection. steal may apply to any surreptitious taking of something and differs from the other terms by commonly applying to intangibles as well as material things.
    • steal jewels
    • stole a look at the gifts
pilfer implies stealing repeatedly in small amounts.
    • pilfered from his employer
filch adds a suggestion of snatching quickly and surreptitiously.
    • filched an apple from the tray
purloin stresses removing or carrying off for one's own use or purposes.
    • printed a purloined document

PURLOIN Defined for English Language Learners

purloin

verb

Definition of purloin for English Language Learners

  • : to take (something that belongs to someone else)


Law Dictionary

purloin

transitive verb pur·loin \ pər-ˈlȯin, ˈpər-ˌlȯin \

legal Definition of purloin



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