Definition of thievery in US English:



  • The action of stealing another person's property.

    ‘petty thievery’
    • ‘As one sergeant noted, ‘he was man repeatedly punished for acts of petty thievery and drunkenness.’’
    • ‘The young man continued to hone his skills at thievery, and learned to use force when necessary as well.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was assumed by the courts that Tarot readings were false, and therefore a kind of thievery.’
    • ‘Looting, vandalism and thievery has forced many foreigners to flee the country.’
    • ‘Burglary and petty thievery, however, are common.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So you see, the dirty little secret behind his ‘philanthropy’ is that it's the product of thievery.’
    • ‘It provides companies with an option for shielding their intellectual property from information thievery.’
    • ‘He turned to a life of petty thievery when his friend managed to steal a gold coin from a weary traveler.’
    • ‘Then I was taught street fighting, thievery, burglary, and trickery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As you well know, thievery is a crime punishable by a long time in prison.’
    • ‘Mr. Buckley would have hung for several reasons, kidnapping and horse thievery among them.’
    theft, stealing, robbery, larceny, pilfering, pilferage
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