Definition of thievery in English:



mass noun
  • The action of stealing another person's property.

    ‘petty thievery’
    • ‘They resort to petty thievery to make a few extra bucks and, by chance, end up videotaping a mob hit that lands them in water over their heads.’
    • ‘It's a question that bedevils news managers, as journalists continue to work in danger zones where hostile fire, kidnapping, thievery, and muggings are part of a day's work.’
    • ‘Much of the looting was selective thievery of a quite small number of valuable pieces, with smashing and burning of furniture and furnishings carried out to simulate looter-like behaviour.’
    • ‘Then I was taught street fighting, thievery, burglary, and trickery.’
    • ‘As you well know, thievery is a crime punishable by a long time in prison.’
    • ‘It provides companies with an option for shielding their intellectual property from information thievery.’
    • ‘As one sergeant noted, ‘he was man repeatedly punished for acts of petty thievery and drunkenness.’’
    • ‘This kind of thievery, vandalism, individual violence and destruction expresses, not the stress of combat, but an intense hatred directed against an entire people or race.’
    • ‘The young man continued to hone his skills at thievery, and learned to use force when necessary as well.’
    • ‘So you see, the dirty little secret behind his ‘philanthropy’ is that it's the product of thievery.’
    • ‘It was assumed by the courts that Tarot readings were false, and therefore a kind of thievery.’
    • ‘Burglary and petty thievery, however, are common.’
    • ‘Looting, vandalism and thievery has forced many foreigners to flee the country.’
    • ‘He turned to a life of petty thievery when his friend managed to steal a gold coin from a weary traveler.’
    • ‘The idea is to make an example of a few swindlers, in order to divert attention from the pervasive thievery that has come to characterize American ‘free enterprise.’’
    • ‘Such self-deprecation is also expressed in changing views about thievery in Niamey, a subject that arouses particularly intense emotions even though its incidence is actually quite rare.’
    • ‘Although the leadership has central power in the village organizations, a dozen or more council members secretly work with the leaders to hear cases involving thievery and other deviant acts.’
    • ‘He often treads that fine line between homage and outright cinematic thievery, but he is a master technical craftsman and storyteller whose work is almost universally a joy to watch and immerse yourself into.’
    • ‘Mr. Buckley would have hung for several reasons, kidnapping and horse thievery among them.’
    • ‘If people like him are shunned and embarrassed over this kind of legalized thievery often enough, maybe we can put an end to it and redirect some of that money back to shareholders, to whom it properly belongs in the first place.’
    theft, stealing, robbery, larceny, pilfering, pilferage
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