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[rob-uh-ree] /ˈrɒb ə ri/
noun, plural robberies.
the act, the practice, or an instance of robbing.
Law. the felonious taking of the property of another from his or her person or in his or her immediate presence, against his or her will, by violence or intimidation.
Compare theft.
Origin of robbery
1150-1200; Middle English robberie < Old French. See rob, -ery
Related forms
antirobbery, adjective
1. plunder, pillage; theft, burglary. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for robbery
  • Their rates of car theft, robbery and burglary are all higher, some substantially.
  • Several police officers inspected the surveillance cameras at neighboring restaurants after the robbery.
  • The gaping wealth-gap doubtless tempts many into opportunistic robbery.
  • In theory, the cloak would slow down light coming into the robbery scene while the safecracker is at work.
  • She was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries and now faces robbery charges.
  • He still remembers every detail of his first robbery.
  • He wanted the return of his job, which he had lost after accusations of extortion and robbery.
  • His life seems to have no meaning, until he unwittingly stops a bank robbery.
  • The robbery was called the heist of the century, and even now the police can't explain exactly how it was done.
  • In some areas, the chance of being caught and convicted for a crime such as robbery is remote.
British Dictionary definitions for robbery


noun (pl) -beries
(criminal law) the stealing of property from a person by using or threatening to use force
the act or an instance of robbing
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Word Origin and History for robbery

c.1200, from Old French roberie "robbery, theft," from rober "to rob" (see rob).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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robbery in the Bible

Practised by the Ishmaelites (Gen. 16:12), the Chaldeans and Sabeans (Job 1:15, 17), and the men of Shechem (Judg. 9:25. See also 1 Sam. 27:6-10; 30; Hos. 4:2; 6:9). Robbers infested Judea in our Lord's time (Luke 10:30; John 18:40; Acts 5:36, 37; 21:38; 2 Cor. 11:26). The words of the Authorized Version, "counted it not robbery to be equal," etc. (Phil. 2:6, 7), are better rendered in the Revised Version, "counted it not a prize to be on an equality," etc., i.e., "did not look upon equality with God as a prize which must not slip from his grasp" = "did not cling with avidity to the prerogatives of his divine majesty; did not ambitiously display his equality with God." "Robbers of churches" should be rendered, as in the Revised Version, "of temples." In the temple at Ephesus there was a great treasure-chamber, and as all that was laid up there was under the guardianship of the goddess Diana, to steal from such a place would be sacrilege (Acts 19:37).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with robbery
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