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 For some avian populations, dissuading egg-dumping might even be more important than blocking nest thievery. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 16 Nov. 2021 The thievery on display by both goalies caused frustration and incredulous expressions to spill out of shooters denied repeatedly on prime scoring chances. Star Tribune, 16 May 2021 Fear of losing their possessions, either to thievery by passersby or disposal by police officers, is one of the most common reasons people choose not to seek shelter or indoor resources, experts say. Jen Fifield, The Arizona Republic, 5 Aug. 2021 After witnessing this adorable act of thievery, Dr. Pollock began scouring the scientific literature to see if something similar had ever been documented. New York Times, 6 Aug. 2021 His final act of thievery might have been Zack Greinke, from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 26 July 2021 If there’s a personal finance class in your kid’s school, ask the teacher whether there’s a section devoted to fraud and thievery. New York Times, 25 June 2021 Opposition politicians involved in investigating Putin's thievery fare no better -- like Boris Nemtsov of the People's Freedom Party. Ruth Ben-ghiat, CNN, 22 June 2021 Kaz is one of the main characters in Six of Crows, the de facto leader of the Dregs, and known for having sought-after thievery skills. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of thievery

1568, in the meaning defined above

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5 Dec 2021

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“Thievery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of thievery

: the act of stealing


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

Kids Definition of thievery

: theft

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