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[lahr-suh-nee] /ˈlɑr sə ni/
noun, plural larcenies. Law.
the wrongful taking and carrying away of the personal goods of another from his or her possession with intent to convert them to the taker's own use.
Origin of larceny
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Anglo-French larcin theft (< Latin latrōcinium robbery, equivalent to latrōcin(ārī) to rob, orig. serve as mercenary soldier (derivative of latrō hired soldier, robber) + -ium -ium) + -y3 Unabridged
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noun (pl) -nies
(law) (formerly) a technical word for theft
Derived Forms
larcenist, larcener, noun
larcenous, adjective
larcenously, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Old French larcin, from Latin lātrocinium robbery, from latrō robber
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Word Origin and History for larceny

late 15c., with -y (3) + Anglo-French larcin (late 13c.), from Old French larrecin, larcin "theft, robbery" (11c.), from Latin latrocinium "robbery, freebooting, highway-robbery, piracy," from latro "robber, bandit," also "hireling, mercenary," ultimately from a Greek source akin to latron "pay, hire, wages," from a suffixed form of PIE root *le- "to get."

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larceny [(lahr-suh-nee)]

Theft; taking another person's property with the intent of permanently depriving the owner.

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