[per-loin, pur-loin]
verb (used with object)
to take dishonestly; steal; filch; pilfer.
verb (used without object)
to commit theft; steal.

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

purloiner, noun
unpurloined, adjective
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purloin (pɜːˈlɔɪn)
to take (something) dishonestly; steal
[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 & History

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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Example sentences
Worse, he learned that the purloined verses had been successfully placed in
  several other poetry magazines across the country.
No late-night advertorials sell locking clubs to prevent wheel patterns from
  being purloined.
And on other occasions, the cause is best served by withholding money which may
  be purloined by greedy officials.
She checked behind the bar and found that a bank bag full of money had been
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