larceny, theft, thievery, thieving, stealing(noun)
the act of taking something from someone unlawfully
"the thieving is awful at Kennedy International"
The act of stealing property.
Origin: þyft, þeoft, earlier þiefþ, þeofþ, from þiubiþō, from þeubaz. Cognate with Old Norse þeoft, þeofð and (obsolete) Dutch diefte. Compare thief, -th.
the act of stealing; specifically, the felonious taking and removing of personal property, with an intent to deprive the rightful owner of the same; larceny
the thing stolen
In common usage, theft is the taking of another person's property without that person's permission or consent with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of it. The word is also used as an informal shorthand term for some crimes against property, such as burglary, embezzlement, larceny, looting, robbery, shoplifting, library theft and fraud. In some jurisdictions, theft is considered to be synonymous with larceny; in others, theft has replaced larceny. Someone who carries out an act of or makes a career of theft is known as a thief. The act of theft is known by terms such as stealing, thieving, wicksing, and filching. Theft is the name of a statutory offence in California, Canada, England and Wales, Hong Kong, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and Victoria.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
theft, n. act of thieving.—adj. Theft′ūous, thievish.—adv. Theft′ūously. [A.S. theófth, thýfth—theóf, thief.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Unlawful act of taking property.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'theft' in Nouns Frequency: #1857
The numerical value of theft in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of theft in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Examples of theft in a Sentence
' Do you understand what you did was wrong ? That was theft,'.
Anti-theft features are a very popular, strong growth category.
If you refuse where you have always granted you invite to theft.
The truth is that a lot of ID theft is people who know each other.
But, there is also criminality ... because a lot of this is accompanied by theft.
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- oğurluq, soyğunAzerbaijani
- крадзеж, кражаBelarusian
- robatoriCatalan, Valencian
- hurto, roboSpanish
- goid, meirle, gadachdScottish Gaelic
- 도둑질, 절도Korean
- tyveri, tjuveriNorwegian
- tjuveriNorwegian Nynorsk
- aniʼį́į́ʼ, aneestʼį́į́ʼNavajo, Navaho
- roubo, furtoPortuguese
- воровство, хищение, кража, угонRussian
- krȁđa, кра̏ђаSerbo-Croatian
- çalma, soygun, hırsızlıkTurkish
- крадіжка, покража, крадіжUkrainian
- trộm cắp, ăn trộmVietnamese
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