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theft

[theft] /θɛft/
noun
1.
the act of stealing; the wrongful taking and carrying away of the personal goods or property of another; larceny.
2.
an instance of this.
3.
Archaic. something stolen.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English thēfth, thēofth; see thief, -th1; cognate with Old Norse thȳfth, obsolete Dutch diefte
Related forms
antitheft, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for anti-theft

theft

/θɛft/
noun
1.
(criminal law) the dishonest taking of property belonging to another person with the intention of depriving the owner permanently of its possession
2.
(rare) something stolen
Derived Forms
theftless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English thēofth; related to Old Norse thӯfth, Old Frisian thiūvethe, Middle Dutch düfte; see thief
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Word Origin and History for anti-theft

theft

n.

Old English þeofð (West Saxon þiefð), from Proto-Germanic *theubitho (cf. Old Frisian thiufthe, Old Norse þyfð), from *theubaz "thief" (see thief) + suffix -itha (cognate with Latin -itatem).

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anti-theft in the Bible

Punished by restitution, the proportions of which are noted in 2 Sam. 12:6. If the thief could not pay the fine, he was to be sold to a Hebrew master till he could pay (Ex. 22:1-4). A night-thief might be smitten till he died, and there would be no blood-guiltiness for him (22:2). A man-stealer was to be put to death (21:16). All theft is forbidden (Ex. 20:15; 21:16; Lev. 19:11; Deut. 5:19; 24:7; Ps. 50:18; Zech. 5:3; Matt. 19:18; Rom. 13:9; Eph. 4:28; 1 Pet. 4:15).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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