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thief

Syllabification: thief
Pronunciation: /THēf
 
/

Definition of thief in English:

noun (plural thieves /THēvz/)

A person who steals another person’s property, especially by stealth and without using force or violence.
Example sentences
  • They had accused her of stealing, saying she was a thief and was stealing their things.
  • A young mother was dragged to her knees by a would-be thief who tried to steal her handbag.
  • When she took the paper bag from the car the thief snatched it from her grasp and fled.
Synonyms
robber, burglar, housebreaker, cat burglar, rustler, shoplifter, pickpocket, purse snatcher, sneak thief, mugger;
embezzler, swindler, plunderer;
criminal, villain;
kleptomaniac;
informal crook
literary brigand

Origin

Old English thīof, thēof, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dief and German Dieb, also to theft.

More
  • honour from (Middle English):

    Latin honor is the source of honour and of honest and honesty (both Middle English). The idea that there is honour among thieves was expressed even in the early 17th century. The English philosopher Jeremy Bentham was the first to put it in print in its modern form when he wrote in 1802: ‘A sort of honour may be found (according to a proverbial saying) even among thieves.’ The plant honesty is named from its diaphanous seed pods, translucency symbolizing lack of deceit.

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