• WordNet 3.6
    • n theft 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: It cost the soft drink industry $100 million a year for thefts committed involving vending machines
    • Theft (Law) The act of stealing; specifically, the felonious taking and removing of personal property, with an intent to deprive the rightful owner of the same; larceny.
    • Theft The thing stolen. "If the theft be certainly found in his hand alive, . . . he shall restore double."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Nobody knows where the body of Voltaire is. It was stolen in the nineteenth century and has never been recovered. The theft was discovered in 1864, when the tomb was opened and found empty.
    • n theft The act of stealing; in law, larceny (which see): compare also robbery.
    • n theft Something stolen; a loss by stealing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century 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 Theft theft act of thieving
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  • Remy De Gourmont
    “Nothing exists except by virtue of a disequilibrium, an injustice. All existence is a theft paid for by other existences; no life flowers except on a cemetery.”
  • John Dryden
    “He invades authors like a monarch; and what would be theft in other poets is only victory in him.”
  • Pierre Joseph Proudhon
    Pierre Joseph Proudhon
    “Property is theft.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. thefte, AS. þiéfðe, þȳfðe, þeófðe,. See Thief
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. theófth, thýfththeóf, thief.


In literature:

No, for no doubt the boys belonged to a gang, and unless the whole gang were caught, the thefts would continue.
"Modern Americans" by Chester Sanford
The manager does not dare to wage war against them or to denounce their thefts, although he knows them.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493–1898, Volume XXXVI, 1649–1666" by Various
I'm charging him with trespass, theft and property damage.
"The Monk of Hambleton" by Armstrong Livingston
Who robs you of your honor but yourself, by your own theft, your contempt of God, disobedience, murder, and so on?
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
Such losses could hardly be attributed to theft.
"Jack of No Trades" by Charles Cottrell
But the very idea of the theft sent a thrill of horror through her heart.
"Kidnapped at the Altar" by Laura Jean Libbey
Within a week a dozen other thefts had been reported, and no little talk went the rounds of the school.
"The Mark of the Knife" by Clayton H. Ernst
There was nothing except dangerous theft from which her mind shrank.
"Coquette" by Frank Swinnerton
I believe the knowledge of the theft is confined to those present.
"The Bandbox" by Louis Joseph Vance
It is true that the contents were my own; but that I should carry them off, was it not theft?
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai

In poetry:

Of home, of hope, of Heaven bereft;
It is the destiny of man
To cower beneath his Maker's ban,
And hide from his own theft!
"Mount Arafa" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
If none of Achan's race were left,
Who only hid a trivial theft;
W'o'nt God his wrath on them pour down,
Who rob the poor, of all they own?
"Godly Exhortations To A Child " by Rees Prichard
Let's steal content from Winter's wrath,
And glory in the artful theft,
That years from now folks shall allow
'T was cold indeed when we got left.
"A Roman Winter-Piece" by Eugene Field
"For me, what home, what hope is left?
What difference of good or ill?
Of all I ever loved bereft,
Disgraced, discarded, outlawed still,
For one small theft!
"Mount Arafa" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Ah gentle Door attend my humble Call,
Nor let thy founding Hinge our Thefts betray,
So all my Curses far from thee shall fall,
We angry Lovers mean not half we say.
"Elegy V" by James Hammond
And here the lovers met, what hour
The bee departed from the flower,
And droop'd the bud at being left,
Or as ashamed of each sweet theft,
What hour the soft wind bore along
The nightingale's moonlighted song.
"The Troubadour. Canto 1" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon

In news:

Michael Holley (left) and Lisa Holley (right) are charged with grand theft by deception.
Treasurer's cashier charged in $617K theft.
Woman reports theft after casting vote .
Woman reports theft after casting vote.
These thefts have occurred from March 29 and April 10.
Love & Theft Catch Fire With 'Angel Eyes'.
Many players say they have the ring insured against theft.
Last month, burglars took a motorcycle from a garage in Visalia and the owner reported the theft to police.
The Fresno Police Department says its auto theft task force is driving down car theft numbers.
Big Retail Chains Dun Mere Suspects in Theft.
Grand Theft Auto Takes On New York.
Video Game Review Grand Theft Auto IV.
The mystery of the rumored theft of CP/M by a little company called Microsoft can finally be investigated—using software forensic tools.
MPD makes arrests connected to electronic device thefts.
The total dollar amount of that attributed to theft is $4.8 million.

In science:

In particular, we focus on the “yard-sale” (winner gets a random fraction of the poorer players wealth) and the “theft-and-fraud” (winner gets a random fraction of the loser’s wealth) asset exchange models.
Stochastic Maps, Wealth Distribution in Random Asset Exchange Models and the Marginal Utility of Relative Wealth
There are two points to make about this proposal; of which the second will lead us to “dynamics”. (1): Agreed, this proposal seems at first sight a cheat, a case of theft over honest toil.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
First, I admit again that it seems at first sight a case of theft over honest toil: the perdurantist reconstructs worldlines from functions that involve the notion of persistence.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
First, a glance at the list of the six mechanisms for appropriation of another agent’s wealth might raise doubts about their relative importance in modern societies: for most countries of the world, “theft” should perhaps not be the most eminent mechanism for stratification of the wealth distribution.
Emergent Statistical Wealth Distributions in Simple Monetary Exchange Models: A Critical Review
While the ma jority of entrants in the Forbes list might fall into that category, a few are, in fact, rather suggestive of “theft and fraud” avenues to big fortunes.
Emergent Statistical Wealth Distributions in Simple Monetary Exchange Models: A Critical Review