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[ thee-vuh-ree ]


, plural thiev·er·ies.
  1. the act or practice of thieving; theft.
  2. something taken by theft.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of thievery1

First recorded in 1560–70; thieve + -ery
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Example Sentences

Witnessing an act of hair thievery in the wild inspired Henry Pollock to dig deeper.

It is worse than simple thievery because those who are most knowledgeable use their knowledge to mislead their customers.

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He’s claimed that community members wanted several hundred thousand dollars spent in one way, but that district leaders spent it in another – which, to his way of thinking, constitutes thievery from the children.

He was also swept about in the music of D.C., a scene which gave rise to such acts as Fugazi and Thievery Corporation.

Much as all of us loved Ocean's Twelve, I'm sure, it turns out that there's not really much money in high-end art thievery.

The majority want the thievery on Wall Street to be stopped.

Some international observers are suggesting the level of electoral thievery could invalidate the results.

Which explains as well the rather mild reaction to the mullahs' electoral thievery by the American administration.

They worship Mahomet, but are very bad Mahometans, being addicted beyond all other people on earth to thievery and rapine.

The point of the writer's attack was the grim sarcasm for such methods of thievery as are kept within the law.

I had to discharge Alma Jonsson last year for petty thievery.

We saw no disposition to thievery among them, nor did we miss a single article after their departure.

That Nature is a Phantasm, where cunning beggary or thievery may sometimes find good victual.


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More About Thievery

What does thievery mean?

Thievery is the practice of thieving—stealing. Thieves lead a life of thievery.

The words thief and theft are often used in situations in which a person steals in secret and without using force or violence. However, the word thievery is used in the context of all kinds of thefts, even violent ones. Thieve and thievery often imply that such activity is habitual or part of a criminal lifestyle.

Example: He is a pirate, a rogue—he knows nothing but lies and thievery.

Where does thievery come from?

The first records of the word thievery comes from the 1560s. Its base word, the verb thieve, comes from the Old English thēofian. The suffix -ery is used to form nouns and indicates a practice or occupation.

A person who engages in thievery or has a tendency to thieve can be described as thievish or thieving, as in Come back here, you lying, thieving rapscallion! Thievery and related words like thieve and thieving can sometimes sound a bit old-timey, like they’re out of a classic adventure novel. But thievery is also applied to modern instances of theft.

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How is thievery used in real life?

Thievery often implies that the person doing the thieving does so as part of leading a life of crime.


Try using thievery!

Which of the following actions could be considered a case of thievery?

A. shoplifting
B. pickpocketing
C. bank robbery
D. all of the above