The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Robbery \Rob"ber*y\, n.; pl. Robberies. [OF. roberie.]
1. The act or practice of robbing; theft.
Thieves for their robbery have authority
When judges steal themselves. --Shak.
2. (Law) The crime of robbing. See Rob, v. t., 2.
Note: Robbery, in a strict sense, differs from theft, as it
is effected by force or intimidation, whereas theft is
committed by stealth, or privately.
Syn: Theft; depredation; spoliation; despoliation;
despoilment; plunder; pillage; rapine; larceny;