• WordNet 3.6
    • v burglarize commit a burglary; enter and rob a dwelling
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Out of the 34,000 gun deaths in the U.S. each year, fewer than 300 are listed as "justifiable homicide," the only category that could include shooting a burglar, mugger, or rapist.
    • burglarize To commit burglary upon.
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  • Elias Canetti
    “The fear of burglars is not only the fear of being robbed, but also the fear of a sudden and unexpected clutch out of the darkness.”
  • O. Henry Porter
    O. Henry Porter
    “A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.”
  • Rita Coolidge
    Rita Coolidge
    “Too often the opportunity knocks, but by the time you push back the chain, push back the bolt, unhook the locks and shut off the burglar alarm, it's too late.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “The most dangerous criminal now is the entirely lawless modern philosopher. Compared to him, burglars and bigamists are essentially moral men.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    “A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.”


Cat burglar - A cat burglar is a skillful thief who breaks into places without disturbing people or setting off alarms.


In literature:

The burglars were accustomed to fighting, however, and dipped their heads.
"The Lighthouse" by R.M. Ballantyne
Going down on his knee the young burglar held out a third morsel of temptation in his hand.
"My Doggie and I" by R.M. Ballantyne
"Personal Reminiscences in Book Making" by R.M. Ballantyne
"Crowded Out o' Crofield" by William O. Stoddard
So we begins our first burglar hunt as a twosome, and I must say there's other sports I enjoy more.
"The House of Torchy" by Sewell Ford
The burglar's shoulders drooped as he gaped at the mirrored apparition.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
She'll maybe belong to a band of burglars!
"'Me and Nobbles'" by Amy Le Feuvre
Burglar alarm on window 76 57.
"Electricity for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
She soon learned that the man to whom she had given herself was a criminal, one of a skillful gang of burglars.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
"Stories of Animal Sagacity" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

Now one night I caught a cat-burglar
And how do I know he was that?
Why, he must have been a cat-burglar
'Cos I caught him pinching the cat.
"The Sergeant's Overcoat (Or The Policeman That Nearly Got Caught)" by Billy Bennett
I said, "I believe you're a burglar."
He said, "Certainly, yes, I know."
And he made me give him nine cigarette pictures
Before he'd let me go.
"The Sergeant's Overcoat (Or The Policeman That Nearly Got Caught)" by Billy Bennett
To rob some miser of his hoarded wealth,
As in the dead of night the burglar creeps:
So Death, to man's destruction, comes by stealth,
And unawares attacks him, whilst he sleeps.
"A Memento Mori -- Or Remember Death" by Rees Prichard
"A burglar or garotter, or, indeed, a common thief
Is very glad to batten on potatoes and on beef,
Or anything, in short, that prison kitchens can afford, -
A cut above the diet in a common workhouse ward.
"Mister William" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Jim rushed at the old man with his knife,
And drove it right through—an empty chair,
Instead of the figure sitting there.
For the Nabob vanished, dog and all,—
And the burglars vanished without their haul.
"The Nabob's Double" by Gerald Massey
"My pants," cried I, "unguarded lie
Beside my peaceful couch -
My second-best pair, with the stripes,
Red gold within their pouch!
Thieves! Murder! Burglars! FIRE!" cried I.
Sighed he, "Oh, spires against the sky!"
"Culture and Cops" by C J Dennis

In news:

One night on Boston's exclusive Beacon Hill, three burglars break into the house of 89-year-old Wilhelmina "Billie" Hawthorn, who makes the fatal mistake of catching them in the act.
The Lookout) A retired Chicago police officer has shot and killed his son, after mistaking him for a burglar.
A retired Chicago police officer has shot and killed his son, after mistaking him for a burglar.
Retired Chicago cop fatally shoots son after mistaking him for burglar.
Two men burglarized and ransacked a room at a Westside motel Tuesday afternoon, possibly looking for drugs that belonged to a man who was staying in the room when he was arrested three days earlier, Athens-Clarke police said.
Working in harmony with talkative time burglars will boost productivity and peacefulness.
While families were gathered for Thanksgiving dinner, police say a pair of burglars targeted homes in Nanticoke , breaking into one to swipe belongings.
Nederland ISD's Hillcrest Elementary burglarized.
After a burglar tampers with the Mac she's been using, Cayce finds herself on the trail of what may be an international conspiracy or may, like the footage itself, be merely "an illusion of meaningfulness, faulty pattern recognition".
The Charlotte County Sheriff's helicopter crew helped nab three burglars breaking into a Whidden Industrial Park business in Punta Gorda Wednesday.
Leone returned fire, hitting the burglar several times.
A nosy neighbor "captured" two house burglars in a different way…on cell phone video.
In today's Chronicle, this column covered the case of EJ, the anonymous woman who blogged that her San Francisco home was burglarized and vandalized by a guest who arranged to stay there through the service Airbnb.
While other women her age are enjoying retirement and maybe spending their time knitting, 82-year-old Doris Thompson 's life-long career as a burglar shows no sign of abating.
Los Angeles County's oldest burglar was detained at an El Segundo, California hotel Saturday, suspected of stealing from a doctor's office.

In science:

What is more, this kind of encounter would - in its literal sense - hardly be imaginable as both agents would rather prefer not to participate in this game of a burglar economy - at least if they possess a minimum degree of risk aversion.
Emergent Statistical Wealth Distributions in Simple Monetary Exchange Models: A Critical Review
It, therefore, appears that one might wish to reformulate the “burglar economies” in a way that brings elements of voluntary economic exchange processes into play.
Emergent Statistical Wealth Distributions in Simple Monetary Exchange Models: A Critical Review