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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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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Lorenzo Cain delivered another home-run thievery on Thursday night, scaling the wall in Arizona to keep Eduardo Escobar in the park in the first inning. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lorenzo Cain stole another home run. Which one has been your favorite thus far in 2019?," 18 July 2019 Our society still values laws against thievery and tax evasion even though people break them every day. Ian Johnstone, The Conversation, "What is the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty? Here’s why it’s still important," 15 July 2019 The performances would stereotype black men and women as ignorant, hypersexual, superstitious, lazy people who were prone to thievery and cowardice. Jesse J. Holland, The Seattle Times, "Explaining the outrage: Racist history of American blackface began in the 1830s," 6 Feb. 2019 From finding mouse droppings in your closet to potential kitchen thievery, the whole shudder-inducing situation is a big fat disaster that homeowners or renters never want to deal with. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "How to Get Rid of Mice: The Ultimate Guide to a Rodent-Free Home," 28 Mar. 2019 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

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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 How to pronounce thievery (audio) \

Kids Definition of thievery

: theft

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concealment of treason or felony

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