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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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 Bernard Hayes was booked for murder, burglary, robbery and hit-and-run driving and was being held in jail without bail in San Francisco, police said Tuesday. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 July 2021 In addition to the robbery and criminal impersonation charges, Laperuta is charged with falsely reporting an incident in the third degree, a misdemeanor. Victoria Bekiempis, Vulture, 19 July 2021 In the nineteen-eighties, Prigozhin served nine years in prison for robbery and fraud. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 19 July 2021 Four males, two of them armed with handguns, announced a robbery. Justin Fenton,, 19 July 2021 Two 18-year-old men were booked Friday into jail on charges of residential burglary and robbery, while a woman, also 18, was booked on a residential burglary charge. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 July 2021 The suspect, Giovanni Moore, was arrested and is facing battery and robbery charges. Fox News, 17 July 2021 Kennedy asked whether the teen, Elaiaiser and the two others were part of a rival drug-dealing crew who had gone to the Springfield home to commit a robbery. Washington Post, 16 July 2021 He was charged with battery, domestic battery by strangulation, grand theft auto and robbery and was expected to stand trial in August. Naledi Ushe,, 16 July 2021

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First Known Use of robbery

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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23 Jul 2021

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“Robbery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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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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