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.
Etymology: 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
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, represents, in the final analysis, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
The theft showcases that the pro-abortion groups have no real case to make, they have to resort to crimes to prevent others from making their points. ?But the pro-life generation will not be silenced. We are so glad to see our students fighting back against the anti-free speech actions at their school.
In the short term, Widodo will have to accommodate the opinions and interests of the Muslim-majority because, if the majority feels insecure, it is difficult to protect minorities, this is just being pro-people. It doesn't mean Indonesia will turn into Saudi Arabia or that the country will go straight to amputating a hand for theft.
During the investigation, it was determined Robert Matthew Van Winkle played a role in the burglary and theft. Mr. Van Winkle is currently renovating the residence adjacent to the property in which the items were stolen. A search warrant was obtained and executed in unincorporated Palm Beach County in which several of the stolen items were recovered at a residence under the care and control of Robert Van Winkle.
No one pulls off a criminal stunt like this alone, so it is that the dramatis personae in this sad story of loot and theft are many, including cyber-criminals, colluding bank executives, probably even government officials and public servants.
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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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