1. [syn: larceny, theft, thievery, thieving, stealing]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Theft \Theft\ (th[e^]ft), n. [OE. thefte, AS.
[thorn]i['e]f[eth]e, [thorn][=y]f[eth]e, [thorn]e['o]f[eth]e.
1. (Law) The act of stealing; specifically, the felonious
taking and removing of personal property, with an intent
to deprive the rightful owner of the same; larceny.
Note: To constitute theft there must be a taking without the
owner's consent, and it must be unlawful or felonious;
every part of the property stolen must be removed,
however slightly, from its former position; and it must
be, at least momentarily, in the complete possession of
the thief. See Larceny, and the Note under Robbery.
2. The thing stolen. [R.]
If the theft be certainly found in his hand alive, .
. . he shall restore double. --Ex. xxii. 4.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the act of taking something from someone unlawfully; "the
thieving is awful at Kennedy International" [syn:
larceny, theft, thievery, thieving, stealing]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
39 Moby Thesaurus words for "theft":
acquisition, appropriation, boosting, burglary, caper, claiming,
embezzlement, filch, filching, grab, heist, hijacking, job,
larceny, lift, lifting, pilferage, pilfering, pinch, pinching,
possession, purloining, reception, rip-off, robbery, robbing,
score, shoplifting, snitching, steal, stealage, stealing, swiping,
taking, taking away, taking possession, thievery, thieving,
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
Punished by restitution, the proportions of which are noted in 2
Sam. 12:6. If the thief could not pay the fine, he was to be
sold to a Hebrew master till he could pay (Ex. 22:1-4). A
night-thief might be smitten till he died, and there would be no
blood-guiltiness for him (22:2). A man-stealer was to be put to
death (21:16). All theft is forbidden (Ex. 20:15; 21:16; Lev.
19:11; Deut. 5:19; 24:7; Ps. 50:18; Zech. 5:3; Matt. 19:18; Rom.
13:9; Eph. 4:28; 1 Pet. 4:15).
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
THEFT, crimes. This word is sometimes used as synonymous with larceny,
(q.v.) but it is not so technical. Ayliffe's Pand. 581 2 Swift's Dig. 309.
2. In the Scotch law, this is a proper and technical word, and
signifies the secret and felonious abstraction of the property of another
for sake of lucre, without his consent. Alison, Princ. Cr. Law of Scotl.