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[thee-vuh-ree] /ˈθi və ri/
noun, plural thieveries.
the act or practice of thieving; theft.
something taken by theft.
Origin of thievery
First recorded in 1560-70; thieve + -ery Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Lively it was; but its liveliness was not all thievery and violence.

  • But if you can prove that you are really a master in your thievery I will let you go free.

    Europa's Fairy Book Joseph Jacobs
  • But in most cases he does them in order to escape the natural consequences of his thievery.

    Europa's Fairy Book Joseph Jacobs
  • Master, be one of them; its an honourable kind 40 of thievery.

    Two Gentlemen of Verona William Shakespeare
  • In that one terrible moment he knew that his thievery had been found out.

    Fred Fenton on the Crew Allen Chapman
  • The most serious offences were thievery and fighting with guns or knives.

    South from Hudson Bay E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
  • I have a happiness That makes it thievery in me to take Your pity.

    The Mortal Gods and Other Plays Olive Tilford Dargan
  • Now, almost coincident with his return, the thievery had recommenced.

    Satan Sanderson

    Hallie Erminie Rives
Word Origin and History for thievery

1560s, from thieve + -ery.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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