• WordNet 3.6
    • n larceny the act of taking something from someone unlawfully "the thieving is awful at Kennedy International"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Murder is the only crime that does not increase during the full moon. Theft, disorderly conduct, larceny, armed robbery, assault and battery, and rape all statistically increase dramatically during the full moon.
    • n Larceny (Law) The unlawful taking and carrying away of things personal with intent to deprive the right owner of the same; theft. Cf. Embezzlement.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n larceny In law, the wrongful or fraudulent taking and carrying away, by any person and from any place, of the mere personal goods of another, with a felonious intent to convert them to the taker's own use, and make them his own property, without the consent of the owner; theft. East. According to some recent authorities, conversion with felonious intent may be larceny although there was no intent to appropriate the thing to the use of the thief himself. At common law appropriation by an employee or bailee already in lawful possession was not larceny, but at most embezzlement. By modern statute, in several jurisdictions acts formerly amounting only to embezzlement have been made larceny.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Larceny lär′sen-i the legal term in England and Ireland for stealing: theft
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  • Paul Gallico
    Paul Gallico
    “If there is any larceny in a man, golf will bring it out.”
  • Finley Peter Dunne
    “A man's idea in a game of cards is war, cruel, devastating, and pitiless. A lady's idea of it is a combination of larceny, embezzlement and burglary.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. larcin, OE. larrecin, L. latrocinium, fr. latro, robber, mercenary, hired servant; cf. Gr. () hired servant. Cf. Latrociny
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. larrecin (Fr. larcin)—L. latrociniumlatro, a robber.


In literature:

I imagine he was as full of petty larceny as Ferraro.
"The Misplaced Battleship" by Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
Francis Sullivan, at one time chief investigator for the Dies Committee, was convicted of larceny and sentenced to prison.
"Secret Armies" by John L. Spivak
Not stealing a necklace: that was tawdry larceny.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
The petty larceny case was plain; it could be disposed of in no time.
"Modern Americans" by Chester Sanford
What mere larceny can compare with that fell deed!
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
The church, strangely enough, was picked out as a depository for their larcenies.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
And yet thai ben often tymes hanged ffor larceny, and stelynge off good in the absence off the owner thereoff.
"German Problems and Personalities" by Charles Sarolea
Repeating one of Mr. Joseph Miller's anecdotes of a larceny of brooms, ready made, she says.
"The International Monthly, Volume 5, No. 3, March, 1852" by Various
What if this should, indeed, prove to be some one bent on larceny or worse?
"'Laramie;'" by Charles King
Confidence men say that everyone has a 'little larceny in his soul.
"The Blue Ghost Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin

In news:

No suspects in larceny of computers, projector.
Leave Granted – Larceny from a person, robbery statutes under review.
Man jailed for attempted grand larceny .
NY nun stole $128K from churches to feed gambling addiction, faces larceny charges.
The Davidson Police Department arrested Marcus Tyler Holloway, the suspect in the vehicle larceny and break-ins, around 4:30 pm on Oct 30 in Cornelius.
Burbank and Detective Robert Ungricht launched a four-minute video highlighting larceny , which is the theft of personal property.
Tulsa police arrest 'Most Wanted' suspect in larceny spree.
A Norwood man was charged with petit larceny in Potsdam Saturday.
Former Main Street director charged with larceny .
Carlos Schillaci, former executive director of Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS), was arraigned on Oct 17 on larceny charges for allegedly stealing nearly $20,000 from the nonprofit, according to a press release.
Guns, booze and cash recovered following larceny -ring arrest.
Praytor pleads guilty for $500k larceny .
Charges dismissed in grand larceny case.
Blackman-Leoni Township Public Safety: Larceny at Wal-Mart.
Police seeking help in larceny investigation.