thiev·​ery | \ ˈthēv-rē , ˈthē-və-\
plural thieveries

Definition of thievery

: the act or practice or an instance of stealing : theft

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Synonyms for thievery


larceny, robbery, stealing, theft

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Examples of thievery in a Sentence

a case of suspected thievery a man who has a history of petty thievery and narcotics peddling

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The older one went to prison for prostitution and petty thievery. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘Little Dancer Aged Fourteen’ Review: Rat-Girl of the Paris Opera," 16 Nov. 2018 Thus, Israel transitioned from thievery to forgery, using her skills as a researcher and her ability to parody the tone of other writers to craft new letters from prominent figures of the past. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The True Story of Lee Israel and the Literary Forgeries in Can You Ever Forgive Me?," 12 Sep. 2018 Gilbert self-reported Sacks' thievery to the Florida Bar. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "He let an embezzler of $7.9 million handle his law firm's books. What could go wrong? | Miami Herald," 9 May 2018 There are stars on the collarbones to symbolize thievery, the Russian abbreviation for the Soviet Union (CCCP) on the left forearm, and the common Russki jailbird tattoo of St. Basil on the chest. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Decoding the Georgian and Russian Symbols at Vetements," 2 July 2018 The Oceans 8 crew is at it again, and this time they are being led by Debbie Ocean who has assembled a high-tech thievery crew with the target being a $150 million dollar necklace. Guy Hanford, Ramona Sentinel, "Flickers: What's new at the movies?," 2 July 2018 His spokesperson, Ben Waxman, says Krasner wants to both toughen enforcement — in part by cracking down on crooked notaries — and to better educate people on how to block thievery when a relative dies. Craig R. Mccoy,, "A Philadelphia story: Falsely declared dead, home stolen and no one will help," 29 June 2018 Not having water close by might discourage their thievery. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Keeping our roses sweet requires a vigilant fight against bacterial cane blight," 29 June 2018 This has to stop, because if not the thievery will continue. Marina Lopes, Washington Post, "Brazilian leader bows to truckers' demands but strike continues to cause chaos," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of thievery

1568, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of thievery

formal : the act of stealing


thiev·​ery | \ ˈthē-və-rē \

Kids Definition of thievery

: theft

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