thiev·​ery ˈthēv-rē How to pronounce thievery (audio)
plural thieveries
: the act or practice or an instance of stealing : theft

Example Sentences

a case of suspected thievery a man who has a history of petty thievery and narcotics peddling
Recent Examples on the Web Yet the heart of the plan called for an act of outright thievery: to snatch a Spanish galleon loaded with virgin silver and hundreds of thousands of silver coins. David Grann, The New Yorker, 28 Feb. 2023 But today, with the country in dire economic straits and many people jobless, petty thievery and robbery have become widespread. Pamela Constable, Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2022 From accusations of unsafe driving, outright thievery and harassment, or even fueling political unrest, the group is a catchall for whatever ills plague Kenyan cities, intensely disliked by car drivers and pedestrians alike. Paul Stremple, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Dec. 2022 What has made the thievery so unique is the divergent approaches. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 12 Jan. 2023 And while it’s paid off, she’s found there are some downsides to being a creator— namely, colorism and thievery. Robin Mosley, Wired, 4 Feb. 2021 Unfortunately, these bogs have been subject to peat thievery for the nursery trade. Erica Gies, Scientific American, 13 Dec. 2022 Compare it to what Ordell has with his Rolodex of misbegotten women, with their drug problems, attitudes, thievery. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 25 Dec. 2022 States had mainly used hacking for acts of espionage and financial thievery, for subversion and sabotage. Thomas Gibbons-neff, New York Times, 16 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1568, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thievery was in 1568

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“Thievery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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thiev·​ery ˈthēv-(ə-)rē How to pronounce thievery (audio)
plural thieveries
: the action of stealing : theft

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