from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of unlawfully taking the property of another by the use of violence or intimidation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act or practice of robbing.
  • n. The offense of attempting to take the property of another by threat of force.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or practice of robbing; theft.
  • n. The crime of robbing. See Rob, v. t., 2.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or practice of robbing; a plundering; a pillaging; a taking away by violence, wrong, or oppression; the act of unjustly and forcibly depriving one of anything; specifically, in law, the felonious and forcible taking of the property of another from his person, or in his presence, against his will, by violence or by putting him in fear (Wharton).
  • n. Synonyms Depredation, spoliation, despoilment. See robber.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. plundering during riots or in wartime
  • n. larceny by threat of violence


Old French roberie, from the verb rober ("to steal; to pillage") + -ie. Ultimately from unattested Frankish *raubōn. See rob, -y. (Wiktionary)



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