from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The unlawful taking and removing of another's personal property with the intent of permanently depriving the owner; theft.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The unlawful taking of personal property as an attempt to deprive the legal owner of it permanently.
- n. A larcenous act attributable to an individual.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The unlawful taking and carrying away of things personal with intent to deprive the right owner of the same; theft. Cf. embezzlement.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law, the wrongful or fraudulent taking and carrying away, by any person and from any place, of the mere personal goods of another, with a felonious intent to convert them to the taker's own use, and make them his own property, without the consent of the owner; theft. East.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of taking something from someone unlawfully
Middle English, from Anglo-Norman larcin, theft, from Latin latrōcinium, robbery, from latrō, robber, mercenary, utimately from Greek latron, pay, hire.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Coined between 1425 and 1475 from Anglo-Norman larcin ("theft"), from Latin latrocinium ("robbery"), from latro ("robber, mercenary"), from Ancient Greek λάτρον ("pay, hire") (Wiktionary)