noun, plural rob·ber·ies.

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.

Compare theft.

Origin of robbery

1150–1200; Middle English robberie < Old French. See rob, -ery
Related formsan·ti·rob·ber·y, adjective

Synonyms for robbery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for robbery

Contemporary Examples of robbery

  • There is no such charge as Murder of a Good Person or Robbery of a Bad Person.

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    April 14, 2011

Historical Examples of robbery

British Dictionary definitions for robbery


noun plural -beries

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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