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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Definitions for purloin

  1. To take dishonestly; steal.

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Citations for purloin
Annatoo concluded that Samoa was not wholly to be enslaved; and Samoa thought best to wink at Annatoo's foibles, and let her purloin when she pleased. Herman Melville, Mardi, and a Voyage Thither
To climb a wall, to break a branch, to purloin apples, is a mischievous trick in a child; for a man it is a misdemeanor; for a convict it is a crime. Victor Hugo, Les misérables: Volume 1
Origin of purloin
late Middle English
Purloin has an ancestor in the Old French porloigner, "to put off, delay," but the sense of "to steal" is an English addition.