from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The unlawful taking of personal property as an attempt to deprive the legal owner of it permanently.
  • n. A larcenous act attributable to an individual.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The unlawful taking and carrying away of things personal with intent to deprive the right owner of the same; theft. Cf. embezzlement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law, the wrongful or fraudulent taking and carrying away, by any person and from any place, of the mere personal goods of another, with a felonious intent to convert them to the taker's own use, and make them his own property, without the consent of the owner; theft. East.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of taking something from someone unlawfully


Middle English, from Anglo-Norman larcin, theft, from Latin latrōcinium, robbery, from latrō, robber, mercenary, utimately from Greek latron, pay, hire.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Coined between 1425 and 1475 from Anglo-Norman larcin ("theft"), from Latin latrocinium ("robbery"), from latro ("robber, mercenary"), from Ancient Greek λάτρον ("pay, hire") (Wiktionary)


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