Definition of robbery in English:

robbery

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The action of robbing a person or place.

    ‘he was involved in drugs, extortion, and robbery’
    [count noun] ‘an armed robbery’
    • ‘He plans the first robbery in Venice, which involves the theft of gold ingots worth $35 million.’
    • ‘Something tells me that the federal sentencing standards are tougher on Post Office robberies than supermarket stick-ups.’
    • ‘The extended takes during the robberies allow us to live with the characters for a few minutes, see into their tension, precision, and euphoria.’
    • ‘I do indeed find political aspects to some robberies, but note that most were not directed against symbolic targets.’
    • ‘As a child, he runs wild with his father and acts as an accomplice during various house robberies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As he learns, the murders were a cover up for the diamond robbery that took place that night.’
    • ‘The story concerns a criminal gang called The Vampires, mysterious and resourceful, that terrorizes France with a succession of swindles, robberies, and murders.’
    • ‘She has been framed by the gangsters and is wanted for several armed robberies.’
    • ‘Players who had built virtual world empires were experiencing virtual world crime - online muggings and robberies in effect.’
    • ‘Sadly, there are no bar fights, bank robberies or jailbreaks in this film.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead of being a two-bit con man, he became a bank robber, pulling off more than 25 robberies, sometimes two in one day.’
    • ‘The result was a one-third reduction in the number of robberies and a general diminution of other anti-social incidents.’
    • ‘A taciturn man, Olivier still grieves for his son, who was murdered during an attempted car robbery some years before.’
    • ‘We had burglaries and robberies and car prowls and thefts and domestic violence cases that to my way of thinking deserved much higher priority.’
    • ‘Together, they begin a series of train robberies that makes them famous throughout the South.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘England and Wales already have the highest levels of burglaries, car thefts, assaults and robberies in the industrialised world.’
    • ‘He suggests that the Balestreros find proof-positive alibis for their whereabouts during all of the robberies Manny has been accused of committing.’
    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!’’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

robbery

/ˈrɒb(ə)ri/