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theft

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noun
  1. the act of stealing; the wrongful taking and carrying away of the personal goods or property of another; larceny.
  2. an instance of this.
  3. Archaic. something stolen.

Origin of theft

before 900; Middle English; Old English thēfth, thēofth; see thief, -th1; cognate with Old Norse thȳfth, obsolete Dutch diefte
Related formsan·ti·theft, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for antitheft

antitheft

adjective
  1. (of a device, campaign, system, etc) designed to prevent theft

theft

noun
  1. criminal law the dishonest taking of property belonging to another person with the intention of depriving the owner permanently of its possession
  2. rare something stolen
Derived Formstheftless, adjective

Word Origin

Old English thēofth; related to Old Norse thӯfth, Old Frisian thiūvethe, Middle Dutch düfte; see thief
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Word Origin and History for antitheft

theft

n.

Old English þeofð (West Saxon þiefð), from Proto-Germanic *theubitho (cf. Old Frisian thiufthe, Old Norse þyfð), from *theubaz "thief" (see thief) + suffix -itha (cognate with Latin -itatem).

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