the act of stealing; the wrongful taking and carrying away of the personal goods or property of another; larceny.
an instance of this.
Archaic. something stolen.
Origin of theft
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(of a device, campaign, system, etc) designed to prevent theft
criminal law the dishonest taking of property belonging to another person with the intention of depriving the owner permanently of its possession
rare something stolen
Word Origin for theft
Old English thēofth; related to Old Norse thӯfth, Old Frisian thiūvethe, Middle Dutch düfte; see thief
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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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