larceny, theft, thievery, thieving, stealing(noun)
the act of taking something from someone unlawfully
"the thieving is awful at Kennedy International"
The unlawful taking of personal property as an attempt to deprive the legal owner of it permanently.
A larcenous act attributable to an individual.
That young man already has four assaults, a DUI, and a larceny on his record.
the unlawful taking and carrying away of things personal with intent to deprive the right owner of the same; theft. Cf. Embezzlement
Origin: [F. larcin, OE. larrecin, L. latrocinium, fr. latro robber, mercenary, hired servant; cf. Gr. () hired servant. Cf. Latrociny.]
Larceny is a crime involving the wrongful acquisition of the personal property of another person. It was an offence under the common law of England and became an offence in jurisdictions which incorporated the common law of England into their own law. It has been abolished in England and Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. It remains an offense in the United States and New South Wales, Australia, involving the taking and carrying away of personal property.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
lär′sen-i, n. the legal term in England and Ireland for stealing: theft.—n. Lar′cenist, one who commits larceny: a thief.—adj. Lar′cenous.—adv. Lar′cenously.—Grand larceny, in England, larceny of property of the value of one shilling or more; Petty larceny, larceny of property less in value than one shilling; Simple larceny, as opposed to Compound larceny, is larceny uncombined with aggravating circumstances. [O. Fr. larrecin (Fr. larcin)—L. latrocinium—latro, a robber.]
The numerical value of larceny in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of larceny in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
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A man's idea in a game of cards is war, cruel, devastating, and pitiless. A lady's idea of it is a combination of larceny, embezzlement and burglary.
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