Meaning of larceny in English:


Pronunciation /ˈlɑːsɪni/

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mass noun
  • Theft of personal property. In English law larceny was replaced as a statutory crime by theft in 1968.

    ‘A concurrent effect to this drop in violent crime occurs in the form of an increase in some levels of property crimes, including larceny and auto theft.’
    • ‘The most prevalent property crimes are larceny, theft, burglary, and robbery.’
    • ‘Even the media have stopped reporting incidents of robbery, larceny, car theft and other ‘minor’ crimes.’
    • ‘Robbery, theft and larceny are rampant; rape, wounding and shooting are on the rise; and murder and kidnappings appear out of control.’
    • ‘Most major crimes, and the crimes most important in popular culture, are those of burglary, theft, larceny, and corruption.’
    • ‘Drug use is a factor in the lives of people before incarceration and may be an instrumental reason why crimes such as theft, larceny, and forgery are committed.’
    • ‘An indictment of Carol for larceny would therefore be properly subject to dismissal as unconstitutionally vague as applied to her case.’
    • ‘The most common crimes on campus today are burglary and larceny - not violent crimes.’
    • ‘The remainder are mainly serving sentences of between six and 24 months for petty crimes; mostly larceny, shoplifting and prostitution.’
    • ‘The most common offences included larceny, burglary, malicious damage, criminal damage and a host of motoring offences.’
    • ‘Judicially speaking, injury and larceny are both crimes against the State, but in these criminal categories it is possible to identify particular victims.’
    • ‘Petty theft and larceny are caused by poverty and frequent shortages of consumer goods, but violence is rare.’
    • ‘Crimes leading to imprisonment included prostitution, drug use, larceny, robbery, parole violation, and extortion.’
    • ‘For example, the old case management system had separate incident categories for burglary, larceny, fraud and robbery.’
    • ‘It is also important to note that the majority of juveniles get arrested for property crimes, such as burglary and larceny, rather than for violent acts.’
    • ‘Twenty-nine others were arrested for outstanding warrants on charges of burglary, larceny and malicious wounding.’
    • ‘Children and adolescents disrupted public order by committing petty thefts and larceny, not by becoming drunk and disorderly.’
    • ‘In essence, he's a ‘love me, love my dog’ kind of guy, with the pooch in question being larceny and theft.’
    • ‘Of course, a few social faux pas are better than grand theft larceny!’
    • ‘After all, claim of right developed in relation to the law of larceny and where one was taking something physically that you believed belonged to you.’
    theft, stealing, robbery, pilfering, thieving, thievery, purloining
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Late 15th century from Old French larcin, from Latin latrocinium, from latro(n-) ‘robber’, earlier ‘mercenary soldier’, from Greek latreus.