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larceny

[ lahr-suh-nee ]
/ ˈlɑr sə ni /
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noun, plural lar·ce·nies.Law.
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.
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Origin of larceny

1425–75; late Middle English <Anglo-French larcin theft (<Latin latrōcinium robbery, equivalent to latrōcin(ārī) to rob, originally serve as mercenary soldier (derivative of latrō hired soldier, robber) + -ium-ium) + -y3
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British Dictionary definitions for larceny

larceny
/ (ˈlɑːsɪnɪ) /

noun plural -nies
law (formerly) a technical word for theft

Derived forms of larceny

larcenist or larcener, nounlarcenous, adjectivelarcenously, adverb

Word Origin for larceny

C15: from Old French larcin, from Latin lātrocinium robbery, from latrō robber
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Cultural definitions for larceny

larceny
[ (lahr-suh-nee) ]

Theft; taking another person's property with the intent of permanently depriving the owner.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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