from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to burglary.
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- adj. Being or resembling a burglar
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to burglary; constituting the crime of burglary.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to, committing, or constituting burglary: as, burglarious intentions; a burglarious gang; burglarious entry.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. involving or resembling burglary
Harvey Leemore, 34, of the 1600 block of Evergreen Way in Essex County, was charged with attempted burglary, attempted grand larceny and possession of burglarious tools.
A little while afterwards, he broke out in an entirely new direction, and confessed to a knowledge of burglarious intentions as to our premises, on the part of the pot – boy, who was immediately taken up.
SAMUEL is laden with burglarious tools and pistols, etc.
“Possession of burglarious tools” is the the charge — at least here in Mass — if they catch you before you actually break in.
In addition to Gilbert as Anderson notes, “burglarious” appears in Thackeray and Dickens.
Not only is it a word, but the related “burglarious” has the Sir William Blackstone seal of approval.
Specifically, it is illegal to possess burglarious tools.
The oldest source I could find for “burglarious” is an index to a legal handbook published in 1749.
Mr. Arnold had begun that career which was to end so brilliantly, by the daring and burglarious capture of two forts, of which he forced the doors.
Mrs. Poyser accepted this compromise, but thought it advisable to bar and bolt to the utmost; and now, at the last moment before starting, Nancy, the dairy-maid, was closing the shutters of the house-place, although the window, lying under the immediate observation of Alick and the dogs, might have been supposed the least likely to be selected for a burglarious attempt.
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