robbery

noun
rob·​bery | \ ˈrä-b(ə-)rē How to pronounce robbery (audio) \
plural robberies

Definition of robbery

: the act or practice of robbing specifically : larceny from the person or presence of another by violence or threat

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Synonyms for robbery

Synonyms

larceny, stealing, theft, thievery

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Examples of robbery in a Sentence

a series of armed robberies They foiled a bank robbery. He is charged with attempted robbery. She was arrested for robbery.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Netflix’s next big movie is a heist film starring Ben Affleck and Oscar Isaac as former military operatives who take their training and use it to attempt a major robbery, where things, naturally, go awry. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: True Detective, Once Upon a Deadpool, Godzilla, and more," 15 Dec. 2018 Bank robbery, while exciting, often isn’t as enticing as a walk through the mountains. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Red Dead Redemption II review: Getting muddy in the wide-open frontier," 25 Oct. 2018 At one point, Casey Affleck, who played John Hunt, the detective who discovered Tucker’s string of robberies, acknowledged the real-life John Hunt in the audience. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Robert Redford Thanks Blake Lively and Charms Guests at Last Night’s Premiere for The Old Man & the Gun," 21 Sep. 2018 Milton police have not publicly identified Cordon as the victim in the attack and robbery that took place at the Alpharetta, Ga., home early Tuesday morning, and redacted her name from the audio released Thursday night. Rob Tornoe, Philly.com, "Ex-girlfriend blames LeSean McCoy in 911 tape: 'My face is demolished'," 13 July 2018 Georgia, like most states, considers home invasions, robberies, assaults and conspiracies to be felony-level offenses with lengthy prison sentences. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Potential Legal Ramifications of the Disturbing Accusations Against LeSean McCoy," 11 July 2018 Anchorage police had asked the public for information about Deveroux in an alert that listed arrest warrants on original charges including robbery, burglary, fraud, vehicle theft, criminal mischief, theft and contempt of court. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Pursuit near Delta Junction ends with arrest of wanted Anchorage man," 10 July 2018 With so much money at stake, the eel business was ripe for robberies, and dealers started carrying side arms for protection. National Geographic, "19 Eel Smugglers Sentenced, But Lucrative Trade Persists," 27 June 2018 Why did four privileged college students decide, in 2004, to pull off a violent art robbery at Kentucky’s Transylvania University, despite their lack of criminal expertise? David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Slick but Empty True Crime of American Animals," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of robbery

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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11 Mar 2019

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The first known use of robbery was in the 13th century

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robbery

noun

English Language Learners Definition of robbery

: the crime of stealing money or property : the crime of robbing a person or place

robbery

noun
rob·​bery | \ ˈrä-bə-rē How to pronounce robbery (audio) , ˈräb-rē\
plural robberies

Kids Definition of robbery

: the act or practice of taking something unlawfully

robbery

noun
rob·​bery
plural robberies

Legal Definition of robbery

: the unlawful taking away of personal property from a person by violence or by threat of violence that causes fear : larceny from the person or immediate presence of another by violence or threat of violence and with intent to steal
aggravated robbery
: robbery committed with aggravating factors (as use of a weapon, infliction of bodily injury, or use of an accomplice)
armed robbery
: robbery committed by a person armed with a dangerous or deadly weapon
simple robbery
: robbery that does not involve any aggravating factors

History and Etymology for robbery

Anglo-French robberie roberie, from Old French, from rober to take something away from a person by force

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