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purloin

[per-loin, pur-loin] /pərˈlɔɪn, ˈpɜr lɔɪn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to take dishonestly; steal; filch; pilfer.
verb (used without object)
2.
to commit theft; steal.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English purloynen < Anglo-French purloigner to put off, remove, equivalent to pur- (< Latin prō- pro-1) + -loigner, derivative of loin at a distance, far off < Latin longē
Related forms
purloiner, noun
unpurloined, adjective
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  • Actually it is an amazing plan whereby the thieves or robbers can enter houses and purloin valuables.
British Dictionary definitions for purloin

purloin

/pɜːˈlɔɪn/
verb
1.
to take (something) dishonestly; steal
Derived Forms
purloiner, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French porloigner to put at a distance, from por- for +loin distant, from Latin longus long
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Word Origin and History for purloin
purloin
c.1440, "to put far away," from Anglo-Fr. purloigner "remove," from O.Fr. porloigner "put off, retard, delay," from por- (from L. pro- "forth") + O.Fr. loing "far," from L. longe, from longus (see long). Sense of "to steal" (1548) is a development in Eng.
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