Definition of church-robbing in US English:

church-robbing

noun

  • The action or crime of stealing from a church.

adjective

  • Of, relating to, or characterized by church-robbing; that steals from a church.

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in John Jewel (1522–1571), bishop of Salisbury. From church + robbing<br>mid 16th century. From church + robbing. Compare earlier church robber.

Pronunciation

church-robbing

/ˈtʃəːtʃˌrɒbɪŋ/