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burglary

[ bur-gluh-ree ]
/ ˈbɜr glə ri /
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noun, plural bur·gla·ries.Criminal Law.

the felony of breaking into and entering the house of another at night with intent to steal, extended by statute to cover the breaking into and entering of any of various buildings, by night or day.

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Origin of burglary

1150–1200; Middle English <Anglo-French burglarie;see burglar, -y3
an·ti·bur·gla·ry, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for burglary

burglary
/ (ˈbɜːɡlərɪ) /

noun plural -ries

English criminal law the crime of either entering a building as a trespasser with the intention of committing theft, rape, grievous bodily harm, or damage, or, having entered as a trespasser, of committing one or more of these offences
burglarious (bɜːˈɡlɛərɪəs), adjective
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