Larceny
Larceny Lar"ce*ny, n.; pl. {Larcenies}. [F. larcin, OE. larrecin, L. latrocinium, fr. latro robber, mercenary, hired servant; cf. Gr. (?) hired servant. Cf. {Latrociny}.] (Law) The unlawful taking and carrying away of things personal with intent to deprive the right owner of the same; theft. Cf. {Embezzlement}. [1913 Webster]

{Grand larceny} & {Petit larceny are} distinctions having reference to the nature or value of the property stolen. They are abolished in England.

{Mixed larceny}, or {Compound larceny}, that which, under statute, includes in it the aggravation of a taking from a building or the person.

{Simple larceny}, that which is not accompanied with any aggravating circumstances. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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 >… …   English World dictionary

  • 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

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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

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