larceny
noun (plural -nies) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French larecin theft, from Latin latrocinium robbery, from latron-, latro mercenary soldier, probably from Greek *latrōn, from latron pay Date: 15th century the unlawful taking of personal property with intent to deprive the rightful owner of it permanently

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  • larceny — lar·ce·ny / lär sə nē/ n pl nies [modification of Anglo French larcine theft, from Old French larrecin, from Latin latrocinium robbery, from latron latro mercenary soldier, brigand]: the unlawful taking and carrying away of personal property with …   Law dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • larceny — *theft, robbery, burglary …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • larceny — [n] theft burglary, crime, lift, misappropriation, pilfering, pinch, purloining, robbery, steal, stealing, thievery, thieving, touch*; concepts 139,192 …   New thesaurus

  • 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

  • larceny — /larsaniy/ Felonious stealing, taking and carrying, leading, riding, or driving away another s personal property, with intent to convert it or to deprive owner thereof. The unlawful taking and carrying away of property of another with intent to… …   Black's law dictionary

  • larceny — /larsaniy/ Felonious stealing, taking and carrying, leading, riding, or driving away another s personal property, with intent to convert it or to deprive owner thereof. The unlawful taking and carrying away of property of another with intent to… …   Black's law dictionary

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