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


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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The robbery was so audacious, that it’s long believed to have been orchestrated by Raymond Patriarca, the mastermind of New England organized crime. Amanda Milkovits,, "And now, a film about the other big New England heist," 7 June 2019 The affidavit suggests robbery was the motive for the killing. Ken Ritter, Detroit Free Press, "Man held in Oakland County Jail named in death of ex-priest in Las Vegas," 5 June 2019 Summit County prosecutors challenged Martin’s appeal, saying her activity the day of the robbery is separate from her history as a prostitute. Andrew Welsh-huggins, The Seattle Times, "Ohio high court upholds trafficked girl’s murder conviction," 14 Aug. 2018 An armed robbery reported Thursday morning at a Woodburn restaurant was a setup, police now say, masterminded by a woman who was injured in the act. Elliot Njus,, "Woodburn robbery staged by woman cut in 'struggle' with accomplice, police say," 26 May 2018 According to the Associated Press, police are currently investigating this robbery and searching for the girls. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Two Teen Girls Robbed an Ohio Family After Asking to Use Their Bathroom," 24 July 2018 So far, they have been used in 42 missions, including documenting the scene where an NYPD detective was recently shot to death by friendly fire while responding to an armed robbery on Feb. 12, according to the NYPD. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, "New York Police Seek Authority to Take Down Drones," 17 Feb. 2019 Gutierrez was convicted of assaulting a public servant in 2002, and of aggravated robbery in 2003, according to KPRC. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Panty thief caught with Ecstasy stole 612 pairs of Victoria's Secret undies, Texas cops say," 6 July 2018 Previously, he was convicted of burglary in Dallas County, aggravated robbery in Travis County, and other assaults in Harris County, according to court records. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Houston man accused of shooting self while fighting deputy in Fiesta Mart bathroom," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of robbery

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of robbery

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


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


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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