thiev·​ery | \ ˈthēv-rē How to pronounce thievery (audio) , ˈthē-və- \
plural thieveries

Definition of thievery

: the act or practice or an instance of 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
Recent Examples on the Web To construct their first touchdown of the season, a 10-yard flick from quarterback Kyler Murray to Chase Edmonds, the Cardinals relied on a little bit of thievery. Katherine Fitzgerald, The Arizona Republic, "Long-term goals in play for Edmonds, Cardinals run game; Cole, Thompson do not practice," 16 Sep. 2020 This Pennsylvanian cat has devoted himself to a life of thievery — but his owner is making amends for the feline's petty crimes. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "Cat Loves Stealing Shoes — So His Owner Made a Facebook Group to Return Neighbors' Footwear," 12 Aug. 2020 Storywise, the creators successfully made the bad guys be downright evil with heartless (yet gleeful) tax collections and made Robin universally loved and justified in his thievery. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney Plus review: ‘Robin Hood’ fox rocks, but copycat plays part too," 7 Aug. 2020 Beyond that, Inception is an extremely difficult film to describe, a loopy narrative of dream thievery and subconscious subterfuge that had to keep explaining the rules of its universe well into its final act. David Sims, The Atlantic, "How Inception Helped Turn Christopher Nolan Into Cinema’s Savior," 4 Aug. 2020 However, a search warrant affidavit listing a vast and varied array of purchases reveals that police suspect her thievery began years earlier and totaled somewhere north of $800,000. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Onetime office manager suspected of stealing at least $800K from Edina dental practice," 27 July 2020 At the very least, the community had enough wealth and class hierarchy to garner some of its members valuables—and instill a healthy suspicion of thievery, says Strachan. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Medieval Padlock Hints at Prosperity of Scotland’s Pictish Farmers," 15 Jan. 2020 Another finding that caught my eye: The costliest breaches apparently involved the compromise of personally identifiable information—like customers' names, addresses, and Social Security numbers—rather than thievery of intellectual property. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "What getting hacked will cost you ($3.86 million, approximately)," 29 July 2020 On night 2, Weir was a victim of Champagne thievery when another contestant opened that bottle. Kelsea Stahler,, "My Reality TV Habit Isn’t Trashy — It’s Complicated," 27 July 2020

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First Known Use of thievery

1568, in the meaning defined above

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23 Sep 2020

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“Thievery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of thievery

formal : the act of stealing


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