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[lahr-suh-nuh s] /ˈlɑr sə nəs/
of, resembling, or characteristic of larceny.
guilty of larceny.
Origin of larcenous
First recorded in 1735-45; larcen(y) + -ous
Related forms
larcenously, adverb
nonlarcenous, adjective
unlarcenous, adjective
unlarcenously, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for larcenous
Historical Examples
  • But however late and larcenous he may have been, the poet of IV.

    Homer and His Age Andrew Lang
  • Johnson's view of his larcenous proceedings is stated in the Life.

    Res Judicat Augustine Birrell
  • His larcenous hand has been in the pocket of his master almost every hour of the day for months, perhaps years past.

    The Seven Curses of London James Greenwood
  • He chuckled as though the recollection of his larcenous companion pleased him tremendously.

    The Madness of May

    Meredith Nicholson
  • Leary seemed not at all disturbed by this revelation of his wife's larcenous affection for pearls.

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep! Meredith Nicholson
  • Leverett, always a coward, had pursued his devious and larcenous way through the world, always in deadly fear of sink holes.

    The Flaming Jewel Robert W. Chambers
  • Amused at this evident return of his larcenous friend of the previous day, he lay perfectly still.

  • This larcenous but inevitable programme we carried out, after waiting through dreadful hours of cold and shivering anxiety.

    In the Wrong Paradise Andrew Lang
Word Origin and History for larcenous

1742, from larceny + -ous.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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