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Friday, May 19, 2017

Definitions for purloin

  1. to take dishonestly; steal; filch; pilfer.
  2. to commit theft; steal.

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Citations for purloin
... a certain document of the last importance, has been purloined from the royal apartments. The individual who purloined it is known; this beyond a doubt; he was seen to take it. Edgar Allen Poe, "The Purloined Letter," The Gift, 1844
Each day I purloin a few more sheets for the purposes of my book of fish which I carefully hide ... Richard Flanagan, Gould's Book of Fish, 2001
Origin of purloin
late Middle English
1400-1450
Purloin entered English in the 1400s from late Middle English purloynen, from Anglo-French purloigner “to put off, remove.”
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