• WordNet 3.6
    • v purloin make off with belongings of others
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Purloin To practice theft; to steal.
    • v. t Purloin To take or carry away for one's self; hence, to steal; to take by theft; to filch. "Had from his wakeful custody purloined The guarded gold.""when did the muse from Fletcher scenes purloin ?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • purloin To put off; prolong; delay.
    • purloin To set back or aside; put away; remove.
    • purloin To remove, carry off, or take for one's self; hence, to take by theft; filch; steal.
    • purloin To practise theft.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Purloin pur-loin′ to carry off to a distance: to take for one's own use: to steal: to plagiarise
    • v.i Purloin to practise theft
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. purloignier, porloignier, to retard, delay; pur, por, pour, for (L. pro,) + loin, far, far off (L. longe,). See Prolong, and cf. Eloign


In literature:

I invariably purloined a cracker, and doubled up the ends.
"The Independence of Claire" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
At last Zoee caught him in the act of purloining her goodies, and was most indignant.
"Wild Nature Won By Kindness" by Elizabeth Brightwen
But I will not purloin the professor's thunder.
"Asiatic Breezes" by Oliver Optic
No other Radacker during our stay attempted to purloin the smallest trifle.
"A New Voyage Round the World in the Years 1823, 24, 25, and 26. Vol. 1" by Otto von Kotzebue
Who, but Frank Lamotte, could gain access to my office, to purloin my handkerchief and my knife?
"The Diamond Coterie" by Lawrence L. Lynch
She wished to see the letter; could she have purloined it?
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
Jack seemed proud of his ability to purloin the badly needed stock of petrol.
"Air Service Boys Flying for Victory" by Charles Amory Beach
Dishonest men may purloin it.
"Thoughts on Missions" by Sheldon Dibble
A young cowbird that I purloined from the nest and tried to rear by hand did not prove a pleasant pet.
"Our Bird Comrades" by Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
At about the same time, a clerk in my employ purloined a sum of money and fled.
"Tom, The Bootblack" by Horatio Alger

In poetry:

"Ah! what avails the timorous lambs to guard,
Though nightly cares with daily labours join,
If foreign sloth obtain the rich reward,
If Gallia's craft the ponderous fleece purloin?
"Elegy XVIII. He Repeats the Song of Colin, a Discerning Shepherd" by William Shenstone
She saw, 'twas a talisman fashioned by love,
Which she hoped to destroy by a daring device;
And, purloining the ring, as it lay in a glove,
With a diamond replaced it, far richer in price.
"The Baya: Or The Indian Bird" by William Hayley
"Nay, gentle John," said I, "attend
A thief my goods and gold
Seeks to purloin. Go, seize the man
Before the trail is cold!"
"Those spires against the sky," said he,
"Surcharged with beauty are to me."
"Culture and Cops" by C J Dennis
Do hear me to the end. I fancied
That what you from the Christians had purloined
You wasn't content to let a Christian have;
And so the project struck me short and good,
To hold the knife to your throat till -
"Nathan The Wise - Act V" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
'Twas I that lurked unseen within your lair!
'Twas I that overheard the villain's plot!
I saw you filch the marriage lines! Beware!
I heard the shot!
How little you suspected who was by
When you purloined the jools. Aha! 'Twas I!
"Aha! Beware" by C J Dennis
Love is outraged in the pulpit when the lord presiding there
Overlooks the man in homespun for the opulent and fair;
For the dazzle of the jewels and the jingle of the coin,
Which the nabob, suave and guileful, from the common herd purloin.
"The Haven Of The Lees" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

The case of the purloined Sheraton.
Food Chain / Food & Drink Purloined Menus From Maria's Packaged Goods and Community Center.
A former Boulder police officer and Army National Guard member escaped a prison sentence Tuesday in a case in which he admitted to possessing and selling purloined military-grade rifle silencers .
A simple game about flinging fowl at purloining pigs, Angry Birds carved itself an astounding niche in mobile gaming but it's not the only game in town.
The Purloined Clinic Selected Writings By Janet Malcolm 382 pages.
Change to him is something I carry in my pants pockets, which is to be purloined when opportunities arise.
Topeka man accused of trying to peddle crate of purloined steaks at hookah bar.
For a start, the search giant purloined nine lines of Oracle 's code for its own version of Java, out of 15m that make up the contentious software.
Set in stone, purloined to the Panhandle.
Set in stone, purloined to the Panhandle .
They identified the sources in footnotes, but they failed to place quotation marks around the purloined passages.
"Photos and Frames" by Susan Lukas and Tracy Bushman at the Purloin Studio on Saturday.
'The Words' bound by a purloined book ??
An attempt to buy a gift launched Dean Thomas, left, and his brother Jim (at the Gettysburg Battlefield) on the trail of purloined letters.
The woman called Niceville Police on Nov 17 and told them about the purloined blower.