noun, plural burglaries. Criminal Law.
the felony of breaking into and entering the house of another at night with intent to steal, extended by statute to cover the breaking into and entering of any of various buildings, by night or day.

1150–1200; Middle English < Anglo-French burglarie; see burglar, -y3

antiburglary, adjective
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burglary (ˈbɜːɡlərɪ)
n , pl -ries
English criminal law the crime of either entering a building as a trespasser with the intention of committing theft, rape, grievous bodily harm, or damage, or, having entered as a trespasser, of committing one or more of these offences

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, Anglo-L. burglaria (see burglar).
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Example sentences
Ordinary crime such as house burglary and car theft is often accompanied by
  random violence.
He pleaded guilty to three indictments charging burglary.
As the economy slows and people lose their jobs, brawling and burglary tend to
  become more common.
Note that in some areas, bump keys count as burglary tools, and possession of
  one can be a misdemeanor offense.
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