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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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 Gilles' home life is a mild improvement, though his recent academic woes — to say nothing of his love of thievery, vandalism and dynamite — have caused no end of friction. Justin Chang,, "'Cold Water,' Olivier Assayas' brilliant 1994 film, finally arrives in the U.S.," 17 May 2018 Al convinces them to give up thievery and become buskers, sort of a fez-wearing boy band. Andrea Simakis,, "It's a bumpy ride back to the boy-crazy '60s for the 6-woman cast of Great Lakes Theater's 'Beehive' (review)," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of thievery

1568, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of thievery was in 1568

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English Language Learners Definition of thievery

: the act of stealing


thiev·​ery | \ˈthē-və-rē \

Kids Definition of thievery

: theft

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