to take dishonestly; steal; filch; pilfer.
to commit theft; steal.
- pur·loin·er, noun
- un·pur·loined, adjective
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How to use purloin in a sentence
When the news broke, in 2020, that Disney-owned Hulu was making a miniseries about Pamela Anderson, Tommy Lee and the purloined sex tape that shook the world, it came as a bit of a surprise.Hulu's Abysmal Pam & Tommy Is at Its Worst When Paying Lip Service to Feminism | Judy Berman | January 26, 2022 | Time
If a thief gets a load of said bags, he'll pop right out of your mattress and purloin them.
Of course nothing could have been easier than for him to purloin the photographs; but what reason would he have for doing so?The Silver Butterfly | Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
He took advantage of his position to purloin my money, and then turned me over to the county jailer.Capturing a Locomotive | William Pittenger
She is induced by Iago to purloin a certain handkerchief given by Othello to Desdemona.Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1 | The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
She will usually attempt to purloin some trinket or other and be caught again.
From her sleep alone she could purloin the few minutes that she dedicated to her pen and her Gabriella.The Wanderer (Volume 3 of 5) | Fanny Burney
British Dictionary definitions for purloin
to take (something) dishonestly; steal
- purloiner, noun
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