larceny


larceny
larceny [lär′sə nē]
n.
pl. larcenies [ME < Anglo-Fr larcin < OFr larrecin < L latrocinium < latrocinari, to rob, plunder < latro, mercenary soldier, robber < Gr * latrōn < latron, wages, pay < IE * lēi-, to possess, acquire > OE læs, landed property]
Law the taking of personal property without consent and with the intention of permanently depriving the owner of it; theft: in some states of the U.S., and formerly in England, larceny in which the value of the property equals or exceeds a specified amount is grand larceny, and larceny involving lesser amounts is petit (or petty) larceny
SYN.- THEFT
larcenist
n.
larcener
larcenous
adj.
larcenously
adv.

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  • larceny — lar‧ce‧ny [ˈlɑːsni ǁ ˈlɑːr ] noun larcenies PLURALFORM [countable, uncountable] LAW the crime of stealing; = THEFT: • He was charged with grand larceny (= stealing a lot of money or something very valuable …   Financial and business terms

  • larceny — late 15c., with Y (Cf. y) (3) + Anglo Fr. larcin (late 13c.), from O.Fr. larrecin, larcin theft, robbery (11c.), from L. latrocinium robbery, freebooting, highway robbery, piracy, from latro robber, bandit, also hireling, mercenary, ultimately… …   Etymology dictionary

  • larceny — *theft, robbery, burglary …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • larceny — ► NOUN (pl. larcenies) ▪ theft of personal property (in English law replaced as a statutory crime by theft in 1968). DERIVATIVES larcenist noun larcenous adjective. ORIGIN Old French larcin, from Latin latro robber …   English terms dictionary

  • Larceny — In the United States, larceny is a common law crime involving theft. Under the common law, larceny is the trespassory taking (caption) and carrying away (asportation, removal) of the tangible personal property of another with the intent to… …   Wikipedia

  • larceny — /larsaniy/ Felonious stealing, taking and carrying, leading, riding, or driving away another s personal property, with intent to convert it or to deprive owner thereof. The unlawful taking and carrying away of property of another with intent to… …   Black's law dictionary

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