thievery

[thee-vuh-ree]
noun, plural thieveries.
1.
the act or practice of thieving; theft.
2.
something taken by theft.

Origin:
1560–70; thieve + -ery

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thieve (θiːv)
 
vb
to steal (someone's possessions)
 
[Old English thēofian, from thēofthief]
 
'thievery
 
n

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Example sentences
The keeping of such items is thievery and should be consider a criminal act, no
  matter for what reason.
His crime: petty thievery to support his drug habit.
Many individuals who are considered wealthy have proven to be the biggest
  culprits of thievery.
Though illegal, skilled thievery is regarded with respect and even admiration.
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