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

First recorded in 1560–70; thieve + -ery
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  • Lively it was; but its liveliness was not all thievery and violence.

  • But if you can prove that you are really a master in your thievery I will let you go free.

    Europa's Fairy Book

    Joseph Jacobs

  • But in most cases he does them in order to escape the natural consequences of his thievery.

    Europa's Fairy Book

    Joseph Jacobs

  • Master, be one of them; its an honourable kind 40 of thievery.

    Two Gentlemen of Verona

    William Shakespeare

  • In that one terrible moment he knew that his thievery had been found out.

Word Origin and History for thievery


1560s, from thieve + -ery.

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