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thievery

[thee-vuh-ree] /ˈθi və ri/
noun, plural thieveries.
1.
the act or practice of thieving; theft.
2.
something taken by theft.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; thieve + -ery
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  • 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.
  • The business community has no use for mere thievery as a means to make money.
  • He was not only the patron of commerce, travel, and thievery but also the messenger of the other gods.
  • He cut off hands for thievery, splitting people's tongues for talebearing.
  • Through genetic thievery, it has become a solar-powered animal and a beautifully green one at that.
  • Flower's observations revealed the extent of the drongos' thievery.
  • By the time they get their spacecraft far enough out to notice our thievery, we'll be long gone.
Word Origin and History for thievery
n.

1560s, from thieve + -ery.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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