- Theft is defined as the act of stealing.
An example of theft is someone stealing another person's car.
theft definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English thefte ; from Old English thiefth: see thief and amp; -th
theft definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The act or an instance of stealing; larceny.
- Obsolete Something stolen.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English thīefth.
theft - Ologies & -Isms Definition
See also crime.abaction the stealing of whole herds of cattle, as contrasted with a few head. —abactor, n. asportation unlawful removal of goods from where they are deposited or stored. banditry the practice of being a bandit. bibliokleptomania 1. a kleptomania specializing in books. 2. the motivations of a biblioklept. —bibliokleptomaniac, n. brigandism the practice of pillage, often destructive, usually practiced by a band of robbers. Also brigandage. —brigand, n. —brigandish, adj. dacoity murder and robbery committed by dacoits, a class of criminals in India and Burma. despoliation a despoiling; an act of robbery on a large scale; pillage. direption Obsolete, pillage; the act of plundering. embezzlement the misappropriation of funds that have been entrusted to one for care or management. Also called peculation. —embezzler, n. excoriation Obsolete, the act of stripping of possessions wrongfully and by force; spoliation or robbery. harpaxophobia an abnormal fear of robbers. kleptomania, cleptomania Psychology. an irresistible impulse to steal, especially when the thief can afford to pay. —kleptomaniac, n. kleptophobia, cleptophobia an abnormal fear of thieves or of loss through thievery. ladronism 1. SW. U.S. an act of thievery. 2. Scots Dialect, blackguardism and roguery. —ladrone, ladron, n. peculation embezzlement. —peculator, n. pilferage 1. petty stealing or pilfering. 2. the articles stolen in pilfering. pillage 1. the act of plundering or large scale robbery, usually accompanied by violence as in wartime. 2. plundered property; booty. piracy the act of robbery on the high seas. See also ships. —pirate, n. —piratic, piratical, adj. plagiarism 1. the verbatim copying or imitation of the language, ideas, or thoughts of another author and representing them as one’s own original work. 2. the material so appropriated. Also plagiary. —plagiarist, n. —plagiaristic, adj. predation the act or process of pillaging or plundering. rapacity the state or quality of being excessively greedy or given to theft. —rapacious, adj. rapine the act of pillage or plundering. spoliation the process of robbing or plundering, especially in time of war and on a large scale. See also church; ships. thievery 1. the act or practice of stealing or thieving. 2. Rare. the property stolen.
theft - Legal Definition
- Larceny; the unlawful expropriation of someone else’s property with the intent of keeping it from its rightful owner.
- In its broadest sense, any example or act of stealing, which includes burglary, embezzlement, false pretenses, fraud, and larceny. While larceny is generally categorized as petty or grand depending on the value of the goods taken, theft is generally categorized by the type of property stolen.