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larcenous

[lahr-suh-nuh s]
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adjective
  1. of, resembling, or characteristic of larceny.
  2. guilty of larceny.
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Origin of larcenous

First recorded in 1735–45; larcen(y) + -ous
Related formslar·ce·nous·ly, adverbnon·lar·ce·nous, adjectiveun·lar·ce·nous, adjectiveun·lar·ce·nous·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for larcenous

Historical Examples

  • But however late and larcenous he may have been, the poet of IV.

    Homer and His Age

    Andrew Lang

  • Johnson's view of his larcenous proceedings is stated in the Life.

    Res Judicat

    Augustine Birrell

  • His larcenous hand has been in the pocket of his master almost every hour of the day for months, perhaps years past.

  • He chuckled as though the recollection of his larcenous companion pleased him tremendously.

    The Madness of May

    Meredith Nicholson

  • Leary seemed not at all disturbed by this revelation of his wife's larcenous affection for pearls.

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep!

    Meredith Nicholson


Word Origin and History for larcenous

adj.

1742, from larceny + -ous.

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