noun, plural rob·ber·ies.
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What does robbery mean?
Robbery is the act of robbing—stealing, especially by force or through threats of violence.
Someone who commits robbery is called a robber.
Robbery can involve robbing a person or a place, such as a house or business. The robbery of a person on the street is often called a mugging. The act of robbing a bank is called bank robbery. Armed robbery involves robbing a person or place while armed with a weapon.
Robbery is a kind of theft, which is the act of stealing. However, the word theft often refers to a case in which a thief steals something without anyone noticing, at least not when the theft is taking place. In contrast, a case in which a person steals by using force, violence, or threats of violence would more likely be called a robbery.
The word rob can also be used in a kind of figurative way meaning to unfairly deprive someone of something, but robbery is usually only used in a literal sense.
Example: Police have released sketches of the suspects in the hopes that someone can identify the men involved in the robbery.
Where does robbery come from?
The first records of the word robbery come from the 1100s. It comes from the Middle English robberie.
The word robbery is commonly used in the term bank robbery. That’s probably because money is the most popular thing to steal, and the bank is where the money is.
The word robbery appears in the term highway robbery, which refers to excessive overcharging. It likens a price that’s considered way too high to theft, as in Ten bucks for a hot dog? That’s highway robbery!
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You’re most likely to encounter the word robbery in news reports.
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— Mansfield Police MA (@MansfieldMAPD) December 17, 2020
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The movie is about a bank robbery that goes terribly wrong.
Example sentences from the Web for robbery
The contractor turned out to have a criminal record, including convictions for armed robbery and drug offenses, according to the report.VA Secretary Focused on Smearing Woman Who Said She Was Sexually Assaulted in a VA Hospital, Probe Finds|by Isaac Arnsdorf|December 10, 2020|ProPublica
He said a co-worker who witnessed the shooting told him that the gunman announced a robbery but shot his father in the head before taking his wallet and fleeing.Police arrest suspect in fatal shooting of construction worker in Northeast Washington|Peter Hermann|December 9, 2020|Washington Post
A 17-year-old Leonardtown male was arrested and charged with armed robbery, robbery, and first- and second-degree assault.
A 37-year-old Lexington Park man was arrested and charged with armed robbery, robbery, and first- and second-degree assault.
Baghdasaryan, going by the nickname Svo Raf, would spend 34 years — more than half his life — behind bars for theft, robbery, hooliganism and drugs.The Mobster Who Brought Armenia and Azerbaijan Together … in Death|Fiona Zublin|October 9, 2020|Ozy
There is no such charge as Murder of a Good Person or Robbery of a Bad Person.
Robbery is always possible, although unlikely, with one exception.The Pirates of Shan|Harold Leland Goodwin
Very pathetic, and marked by some distinctively Antipodean traits, is the sister of the bushrangers in Robbery under Arms.Australian Writers|Desmond Byrne
Robbery is an art, and it is the crude thief that gets into trouble.The Bail Jumper|Robert J. C. Stead
Robbery is supposed to have been the motive, and suspicion points in half-a-dozen directions.The Riddle of the Mysterious Light|Mary E. Hanshew
Robbery stories may include anything from petty thievery to bank defaulting.Newspaper Reporting and Correspondence|Grant Milnor Hyde
British Dictionary definitions for robbery
noun plural -beries
Idioms and Phrases with robbery
see daylight robbery; highway robbery.