rob·​bery | \ˈrä-b(ə-)rē \
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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He was convicted of 11 bank robberies in California, Colorado, Utah and Arizona between 2005 and 2007. Terry Tang, The Seattle Times, "FBI: Elderly man arrested in bank robbery fled halfway house," 20 Nov. 2018 California’s top law enforcement official, Attorney General Xavier Becerra, announced Thursday that police had busted a robbery ring that hit Apple Store locations across 19 counties. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "California Apple Store robbery gang stole over $1M in goods, cops say," 28 Sep. 2018 Kourtney and Younes met right before Kim's robbery in Paris in 2016 and Kim's former assistant Stephanie Shepherd was the first person to point him out. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Kourtney Kardashian and Younes Bendjima Have Reportedly Broken Up," 7 Aug. 2018 According to People, this was Kourtney's first trip to Paris since her sister's robbery. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Kourtney Kardashian and Younes Bendjima's Relationship," 20 July 2018 Correa, 23, was arrested in May and charged with three counts of felony murder, a single count of murder of two or more persons at the same time, home invasion, first-degree arson, second-degree arson and first-degree robbery. David Owens,, "Ruth Correa Charged In Griswold Triple Slaying, Has Case Continued," 11 July 2018 According to the Journal Sentinel, the incident took place Sunday, September 2, when police say, they were flagged down by a couple who said a robbery was taking place or had just taken place — referring to the black teen in the backseat of the car. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "A Black Teen Riding in a Car With His Grandmother Was Handcuffed for Suspicion of Robbery," 6 Sep. 2018 He was charged with a felony robbery, but was released after posting $20,000 bail. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "YG Arrested in Las Vegas For Felony Robbery Charges: Report," 13 July 2018 Buy Photo In the span of a little more than one hour in Philadelphia, six people were wounded in shootings and another person was killed in a robbery. Katherine Nails,, "1 dead, 6 shot in just more than an hour in Philly," 12 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, 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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