noun, plural thiev·er·ies.

the act or practice of thieving; theft.
something taken by theft.

Origin of thievery

First recorded in 1560–70; thieve + -ery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for thievery

burglary, larceny, robbery, stealing, pilfering

Examples from the Web for thievery

Contemporary Examples of thievery

Historical Examples of thievery

  • 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper