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larceny.

lar*ce*ny

Pronunciation: \'lar-s[schwa]-n[macron over e]\

noun

plural lar*ce*nies

: the unlawful taking of personal property without the owner's consent : theft

Word History: In Latin, the language of ancient Rome, the word latro referred to a soldier who fought for pay rather than from a sense of duty. Because such soldiers had a poor reputation, the meaning of the word came to be "robber" or "bandit," and the word derived from it, latrocinium, meant "act of robbery." Latrocinium became larecin, "theft," in medieval French, and this word was borrowed into English as larceny.

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