- the act, the practice, or an instance of robbing.
- Law. the felonious taking of the property of another from his or her person or in his or her immediate presence, against his or her will, by violence or intimidation.
Origin of robbery
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Examples from the Web for robbery
There is no such charge as Murder of a Good Person or Robbery of a Bad Person.To Shoot or Not to Shoot
April 14, 2011
Robbery is a capital offence because the poor alone are tempted to it.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
Robbery in Morocco is almost sanctioned by Providence; it is made so simple.In the Tail of the Peacock
Robbery and war were the chief sources of recruiting the ranks of the slaves.The American Egypt
Robbery and public plunder were rampant in the State capital.The Broken Sword
Robbery was punished according to the rank of the party plundered.History of the Anglo-Saxons
- criminal law the stealing of property from a person by using or threatening to use force
- the act or an instance of robbing
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Word Origin and History for robbery
c.1200, from Old French roberie "robbery, theft," from rober "to rob" (see rob).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with robbery
see daylight robbery; highway robbery.
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