Definition of larceny in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɑːs(ə)ni/

noun (plural larcenies)

[mass noun]
Theft of personal property. In English law larceny was replaced as a statutory crime by theft in 1968. See also grand larceny, petty larceny.
Example sentences
  • 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, rape, larceny, car theft and other ‘minor’ crimes.
theft, stealing, robbery, pilfering, thieving, thievery, purloining;
appropriation, expropriation, misappropriation
informal lifting, filching, swiping
British informal nicking, pinching, half-inching, blagging
rare peculation



Pronunciation: /ˈlɑːs(ə)nə/
noun ( archaic)


Example sentences
  • It's bad enough that lesbians are being tagged as sperm larcenists, but the writers rework an old stereotype, too.
  • The special argot bespoke a fraternity with shared affinities extending beyond child larcenists.
  • And it was a substitute, a veritable steal, and a serial larcenist who assured them of it.


Pronunciation: /ˈlɑːs(ə)nəs/
Example sentences
  • And since they are the intelligent ones, they are able to cause trouble for the more larcenous politicians.
  • The second highest compliment she received was larcenous in nature: the (generally unauthorized) gesture of forwarding her emails to other people…
  • Indeed the upper echelons, who to the unenlightened merely appear as parasitic larcenous thugs, will have a tad more than the $5 being shoveled at those welfare recipients that curtsy correctly.


Late 15th century: from Old French larcin, from Latin latrocinium, from latro(n-) 'robber', earlier 'mercenary soldier', from Greek latreus.

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