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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In the month of July, three of these robberies have occurred, according to the Chicago Police Department. Paige Fry,, "Man in wheelchair lured South Loop robbery victims," 9 July 2018 Three adults in a Detroit suburb are being charged with armed robbery after allegedly using Snapchat to lure men into a car in June, reports Detroit’s WXYZ-TV. Sarah Mearhoff, Teen Vogue, "A 19-Year-Old in Michigan Allegedly Used Snapchat to Rob Men," 9 July 2018 He has been linked to bank robberies in La Verne, Pasadena, Claremont and Santa Clarita, according to an FBI news release. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "'Faux Badge Bandit' hits two more banks as officials seek tips," 13 July 2018 The LA County District Attorney's Office says the 33-year-old was charged Tuesday with attempted murder, first-degree residential robbery and other counts. Houston Chronicle, "Former NFL CB Brandon Browner charged with attempted murder," 11 July 2018 There have been seven bank robberies in Roseville since March. Claire Morgan, sacbee, "Man accused of robbing Roseville bank flees, causing three-car crash, police say," 10 July 2018 Holmes had been released from prison about a year before that 2014 robbery after serving 12 years for another bank hold-up, according to court records. Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "KC man's alleged to do list: Wake up. Rob same bank for 2nd time. Go shoe shopping.," 10 July 2018 He was convicted of burglary, attempted robbery with serious bodily injury and attempted murder. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis inmate plays role in film but misses premiere. He's still in prison.," 9 July 2018 After Police Got Suspicious As time passed, law enforcement in N.Y.C. started to probe York’s possible involvement in criminal enterprises and if his group was being funded by organized bank robberies and counterfeit checks. Christine Pelisek,, "4 Things You'll Learn About an Egyptian-Themed Sect Hiding Child Sex Abuse, on Monday's PMI: Cults," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of robbery

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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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Phrases Related to robbery

armed robbery

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7 Oct 2018

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

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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

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