- the wrongful taking and carrying away of the personal goods of another from his or her possession with intent to convert them to the taker's own use.
Origin of larceny
Related Words for larcenyburglary, misappropriation, robbery, thieving, pinch, thievery, crime, lift, stealing, touch, steal, pilfering
Examples from the Web for larceny
Historical Examples of larceny
The father and mother looked as if they had been convicted of larceny.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
If an attempt to steal results in carrying off the owner's goods, it is larceny.The Common Law
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Removing hats is larceny, and you'll get six months for it.'The Magic Pudding
But I am sure Victor de Mauleon was not the man to commit a larceny.The Parisians, Complete
Wen we got to the stashun he preferred a charge of larceny gainst me.The Bad Boy At Home
Walter T. Gray
- law (formerly) a technical word for theft
Word Origin 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."
Theft; taking another person's property with the intent of permanently depriving the owner.