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

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 That incident occurred at the start of the Fourth of July weekend, similar to the Easter thievery at the GardaWorld property. Daniel Miller, Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2024 Following the fallout of the thievery, the group gave free steering wheel locks, ignition cylinder protectors, and software and hardware upgrades for car owners who lacked an anti-theft engine immobilizer. Sunny Nagpaul, Fortune, 1 Apr. 2024 The genetic thievery wasn’t limited to Marco Polo argali, either. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 13 Mar. 2024 For those few not familiar with the story, it is set in the fictional Arabian city of Agrabah and follows a poor young man who gets by on his charm and thievery. Rick Mauch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 1 Feb. 2024 Painted in the early 16th century, the enigmatic portrait is no stranger to both vandalism and thievery. Chris Liakos, CNN, 29 Jan. 2024 Mike sensed the teenager was nervous, looking for a way to get out from under the weight of his thievery. John Kelly, Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2023 My parents reminded me of time’s thievery. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 30 June 2022 Where is the line between homage and thievery? Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 19 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1568, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of thievery was in 1568

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“Thievery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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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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