American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or an instance of stealing; larceny.
- n. Obsolete Something stolen.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of stealing; in law, larceny (which see): compare also robbery.
- n. Something stolen; a loss by stealing.
- n. The act of stealing property.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Law) The act of stealing; specifically, the felonious taking and removing of personal property, with an intent to deprive the rightful owner of the same; larceny.
- n. rare The thing stolen.
- n. the act of taking something from someone unlawfully
- Old English þȳft, þēoft, earlier þīefþ, þēofþ, from Proto-Germanic *þiubiþō, from *þeubaz (“thief”). Cognate with Old Norse þeoft, þeofð and (obsolete) Dutch diefte. Compare thief, -th. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English thīefth. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“You are misusing the term theft, as the rightful owner of internet pipes are the owners of internet pipes, not you or me.”
“Let's start with infringement / theft - your issue with the term theft is that the original isn't stolen, only a copy.”
“The label theft of land appears quite satisfactory.”
“Worrying yes - but this kind of high level corporate data theft is also exciting in a Neuromancer type way.”
“This theft is the engine that begins the boom and bust cycle.”
“Proactively reporting the theft is a bad idea because now your buddy faces a stiff federal sentence for possession of a stolen firearm (18USC922).”
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