- the act of stealing; the wrongful taking and carrying away of the personal goods or property of another; larceny.
- an instance of this.
- Archaic. something stolen.
Origin of theft
Examples from the Web for theft
In this way, inspiration becomes appropriation, which leads directly to theft and erasure.The Cultural Crimes of Iggy Azalea
December 29, 2014
That Kim Jong-un is behind it all—the hack, the theft, the sad red carpet.Sony Hack: A Dictator Move?
December 14, 2014
The theft, which was over in less than a minute, took place in a North London liquor store.Thief Hypnotizes Shopkeeper, Then Robs Him
December 5, 2014
Traitz, it should be noted, has a long criminal history that includes trafficking Oxycodone, ID fraud, theft, and more.Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004
November 24, 2014
They then “peeled his skin” with a blade before he agreed to confess to the theft of cell phones and telephone charge cards.How Nigeria’s Stupidly Brutal Cops Botch the Hunt for Boko Haram
May 14, 2014
It was the first time in many years that one of the employees had been thus accused of theft.
What has all this to do with the question of theft in the store?
Was he not a criminal—was he not about to leave his position because of theft?Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
It was nocturnal in its habits, and somewhat addicted to dancing and the theft of children.The Devil's Dictionary
The theft of old Galloway's bank-note has been traced to Arthur Channing.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
- criminal law the dishonest taking of property belonging to another person with the intention of depriving the owner permanently of its possession
- rare something stolen
Word Origin and History for theft
Old English þeofð (West Saxon þiefð), from Proto-Germanic *theubitho (cf. Old Frisian thiufthe, Old Norse þyfð), from *theubaz "thief" (see thief) + suffix -itha (cognate with Latin -itatem).