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Definition of "larceny" []

  • The unlawful taking and removing of another's personal property with the intent of permanently depriving the owner; theft. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "larceny" in a sentence
  • "For example, an officer who wanted to hide a grand larceny, which is counted as an index crime and as such would affect the city's crime rate, could classify the crime as a petite larceny, a statistic that is not counted as part of the official crime rate."
  • "Stealing without administering fear is called larceny, stealing by administering fear is called robbery, the keyword here is “steal.”"
  • "He was convicted instead of grand larceny, that is, of stealing his bonuses, which were certainly oversized."