larceny

/lahr"seuh nee/, n., pl. larcenies. Law.
the wrongful taking and carrying away of the personal goods of another from his or her possession with intent to convert them to the taker's own use. Cf. grand larceny, petty larceny.
[1425-75; late ME < AF larcin theft ( < L latrocinium robbery, equiv. to latrocin(ari) to rob, orig. serve as mercenary soldier (deriv. of latro hired soldier, robber) + -ium -IUM) + -Y3]

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      in criminal law, the trespassory taking and carrying away of personal goods from the possession of another with intent to steal. Larceny is one of the specific crimes included in the general category of theft (q.v.).

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  • larceny — [lär′sə nē] n. pl. larcenies [ME < Anglo Fr larcin < OFr larrecin < L latrocinium < latrocinari, to rob, plunder < latro, mercenary soldier, robber < Gr * latrōn < latron, wages, pay < IE * lēi , to possess, acquire >… …   English World dictionary

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  • larceny — ► NOUN (pl. larcenies) ▪ theft of personal property (in English law replaced as a statutory crime by theft in 1968). DERIVATIVES larcenist noun larcenous adjective. ORIGIN Old French larcin, from Latin latro robber …   English terms dictionary

  • Larceny — In the United States, larceny is a common law crime involving theft. Under the common law, larceny is the trespassory taking (caption) and carrying away (asportation, removal) of the tangible personal property of another with the intent to… …   Wikipedia

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