Definition of robbery in English:

robbery

noun

mass noun
  • 1The action of taking property unlawfully from a person or place by force or threat of force.

    ‘he was involved in drugs, extortion, and robbery’
    count noun ‘an armed robbery’
    • ‘Sadly, there are no bar fights, bank robberies or jailbreaks in this film.’
    • ‘The result was a one-third reduction in the number of robberies and a general diminution of other anti-social incidents.’
    • ‘England and Wales already have the highest levels of burglaries, car thefts, assaults and robberies in the industrialised world.’
    • ‘Something tells me that the federal sentencing standards are tougher on Post Office robberies than supermarket stick-ups.’
    • ‘Other extras that should have been included are more actual footage of the event, a look at the weapons used, and perhaps a look at the boldest bank robberies ever.’
    • ‘We had burglaries and robberies and car prowls and thefts and domestic violence cases that to my way of thinking deserved much higher priority.’
    • ‘Instead of being a two-bit con man, he became a bank robber, pulling off more than 25 robberies, sometimes two in one day.’
    • ‘I do indeed find political aspects to some robberies, but note that most were not directed against symbolic targets.’
    • ‘Together, they begin a series of train robberies that makes them famous throughout the South.’
    • ‘He plans the first robbery in Venice, which involves the theft of gold ingots worth $35 million.’
    • ‘The extended takes during the robberies allow us to live with the characters for a few minutes, see into their tension, precision, and euphoria.’
    • ‘Along with his gang of loyal criminals, he commits daring daylight robberies and elaborate heists that anger the police while stirring the public's imagination.’
    • ‘She has been framed by the gangsters and is wanted for several armed robberies.’
    • ‘He suggests that the Balestreros find proof-positive alibis for their whereabouts during all of the robberies Manny has been accused of committing.’
    • ‘As he learns, the murders were a cover up for the diamond robbery that took place that night.’
    • ‘A pair of London hoodlums, rejected by the established criminal set, execute a spate of robberies which finally results in the death of a policeman.’
    • ‘As a child, he runs wild with his father and acts as an accomplice during various house robberies.’
    • ‘A taciturn man, Olivier still grieves for his son, who was murdered during an attempted car robbery some years before.’
    • ‘The story concerns a criminal gang called The Vampires, mysterious and resourceful, that terrorizes France with a succession of swindles, robberies, and murders.’
    • ‘Players who had built virtual world empires were experiencing virtual world crime - online muggings and robberies in effect.’
    burglary, theft, thievery, stealing, breaking and entering, housebreaking, larceny, shoplifting, pilfering, filching, embezzlement, misappropriation, swindling, fraud
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    1. 1.1informal Unashamed swindling or overcharging.
      ‘‘Twenty-five bucks! Robbery!’’
      extortion, exorbitant, expensive
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Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French and Old French roberie, from the verb rober (see rob).

Pronunciation

robbery

/ˈrɒb(ə)ri/