• WordNet 3.6
    • n robbery larceny by threat of violence
    • n robbery plundering during riots or in wartime
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Half of all bank robberies take place on a Friday.
    • Robbery The act or practice of robbing; theft. "Thieves for their robbery have authority
      When judges steal themselves."
    • Robbery (Law) The crime of robbing. See Rob v. t., 2.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Poland's Stella Walsh (Stanislawa Walasiewicz)-won the women's 100-meter race at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, becoming the first woman to break the 12-second barrier. When she was killed in 1980 as an innocent victim in a robbery attempt, an autopsy declared her to be a male.
    • n robbery The act or practice of robbing; a plundering; a pillaging; a taking away by violence, wrong, or oppression; the act of unjustly and forcibly depriving one of anything; specifically, in law, the felonious and forcible taking of the property of another from his person, or in his presence, against his will, by violence or by putting him in fear (Wharton). It is a more serious offense than larceny, by reason of the element of force or fear entering into it.
    • n robbery Synonyms Depredation, spoliation, despoilment. See robber.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A judge in Louisville decided a jury went "a little bit too far" in recommending a sentence of 5,005 years for a man who was convicted of five robberies and a kidnapping. The judge reduced the sentence to 1,001 years.
    • Robbery theft from the person, aggravated by violence or intimidation: plundering
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  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Property is organized robbery.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “In the case of scandal, as in that of robbery, the receiver is always thought as bad as the thief.”


Daylight robbery - If you are overcharged or underpaid, it is a daylight robbery; open, unfair and hard to prevent. Rip-off has a similar meaning.
Highway robbery - Something that is ridiculously expensive, especially when you have no choice but to pay, is a highway robbery.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. roberie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. rober—Old High Ger. roubōn, Ger. rauben.


In literature:

If I commit this robbery I must not falter nor repent.
"A Crooked Path" by Mrs. Alexander
You see, a yacht had been sighted the evening before the robbery while the passengers were at dinner.
"The Second Latchkey" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
Sometimes her treasures were presents from admirers, sometimes they were the proceeds of highway robberies.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
I thought of the quadrangle robberies at once, and took a look in.
"Andy at Yale" by Roy Eliot Stokes
This patient was wanted for assault and robbery in an adjoining State.
"Studies in Forensic Psychiatry" by Bernard Glueck
A great robbery was committed in Rome, Italy.
"Oscar the Detective" by Harlan Page Halsey
The real criminals in the robbery of the railway train escaped; my young master, poor fellow, was caught.
"The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont" by Robert Barr
Any such clippings he regarded as robberies against himself.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
Isn't that the last thing I would have asked if I had intended robbery?
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
Under the protection of the New Charter, the Ring began a systematic campaign of robbery.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe

In poetry:

Then they accuse me of great blasphemie,
That I did thrust into the Deitie,
Who never thought that any robberie:
Was ever grief like mine?
"The Sacrifice" by George Herbert
I might let bygones be—our curse
Of ruinous shrine no hand or, worse,
Robbery's hand is busy to
Dress, hoar-hallowèd shrines unvisited;
"The Loss Of The Eurydice" by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Betwixt two theeves I spend my utmost breath,
As he that some robberie suffereth,
Alas! what have I stollen from you? death:
Was ever grief like mine?
"The Sacrifice" by George Herbert
Second Sailor. And I had thought to make
A good round Sum upon this cruise, and turn -
For I am getting on in life - to something
That has less ups and downs than robbery.
"A Dramatic Poem" by William Butler Yeats
Second Sailor. And I had thought to make
A good round Sum upon this cruise, and turn—
For I am getting on in life—to something
That has less ups and downs than robbery.
"The Shadowy Waters: The Shadowy Waters" by William Butler Yeats
Spike 'ad been aimin' 'igh in 'is profesh.
Bank robberies, an' sich, was 'is noo lurk;
An' one big job 'ad set the cops to work
To plan a fresh
Campaign agin this crook. They want 'im more
Than ever they 'ave wanted 'im before.
"Spike Wegg" by C J Dennis

In news:

Police in Grand Chute are investigating an armed robbery on Thanksgiving.
Nueces County Sheriff's Office: Man wanted in Oct 20 armed home robbery arrested Wednesday in San Antonio.
Police link 4 men to series of robberies, assaults.
Police charged Miguel Saldana, 44, with aggravated robbery.
A clothing store in a trendy Chicago neighborhood is one of the latest victims of a so-called flash mob robbery — when a large group storms into a shop to collectively rip off a retailer.
Police arrested a man after an attempted robbery, with the help.
Information was scarce but the suspect was allegedly involved with an overnight robbery in which an elderly man was assaulted.
El Cajon Rite Aid robbery might be linked to a similar robbery in the area.
Students debate carrying concealed weapons in wake of recent robberies at VCU.
The Athens County Sheriff's Office said two men confessed Thursday to half a dozen armed robberies across Athens County.
A suspect charged with armed robbery of the Citizens Bank of Barton was taken into custody Friday after a long standoff in Shelby County, Tenn.
Armed robbery reported at Foothill College.
Police release video of Arlington armed robbery.
BEIRUT (AP) – Streets of Damascus that were crowded until late at night stand mostly empty after sunset as Syrians stay home, fearing robberies and kidnapping.
Bystanders help capture LB robbery suspect.

In science:

When the police arrived at a bank responding to a robbery, the robbers had already fled in two cars speeding at 80 km/h and 90 km/h.
Oscar's Physics Phaire: A Collection of Problems