theft

[theft]
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:
before 900; Middle English; Old English thēfth, thēofth; see thief, -th1; cognate with Old Norse thȳfth, obsolete Dutch diefte

antitheft, adjective
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theft (θɛft)
 
n
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
 
[Old English thēofth; related to Old Norse thӯfth, Old Frisian thiūvethe, Middle Dutch düfte; see thief]
 
'theftless
 
adj

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theft
O.E. þeofð (W.Saxon þiefð), from P.Gmc. *theubitho (cf. O.Fris. thiufthe, O.N. þyfð), from *theubaz "thief" (see thief) + suffix -itha (cognate with L. -itatem).
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Theft definition


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).

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Example sentences
These examples both describe the theft of intellectual or creative labor.
Preventing car theft may have precipitated a reduction in other crimes.
Admittedly, newspaper theft ranks low on the scale of evil acts.
Shover received the felony charge as this was his fifth retail theft offense.
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