noun, plural lar·ce·nies. Law.
Examples from the Web for larceny
He unfolded the sheet and scanned the charges—coercion, larceny, livestock theft, and breach of contract.The Lani People|J. F. Bone
He does not seem to have had even a fondness for fruit to plead in extenuation of his larceny.
"I am ready to plead guilty to the larceny," Sullivan went on.The Man in Lower Ten|Mary Roberts Rinehart
Larceny, lr′sen-i, n. the legal term in England and Ireland for stealing: theft.
She told the story of a young slave girl who had been accused of larceny.The Abolitionists|John F. Hume
British Dictionary definitions for larceny
noun plural -nies
Word Origin for larceny
Word Origin and History for larceny
late 15c., with -y (3) + Anglo-French larcin (late 13c.), from Old French larrecin, larcin "theft, robbery" (11c.), from Latin latrocinium "robbery, freebooting, highway-robbery, piracy," from latro "robber, bandit," also "hireling, mercenary," ultimately from a Greek source akin to latron "pay, hire, wages," from a suffixed form of PIE root *le- "to get."
Culture definitions for larceny
Theft; taking another person's property with the intent of permanently depriving the owner.