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purloin

Line breaks: pur|loin
Pronunciation: /pəːˈlɔɪn
 
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Definition of purloin in English:

verb

[with object] formal or humorous
Steal (something): he must have managed to purloin a copy of the key
More example sentences
  • Their images are purloined, confiscated, appropriated, stolen.
  • Were old trees being purloined, appropriated wrongfully, when they were sectioned by scientists?
  • Bits of our constitution were actually purloined from the United States Constitution.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'put at a distance'): from Anglo-Norman French purloigner 'put away', from pur- 'forth' + loign 'far'.

Derivatives

purloiner

1
noun
Example sentences
  • I have to out myself as a purloiner of office supplies, a loafer, a personal phone call maker.

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