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Meaning of THEFT

Pronunciation:  theft

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the act of taking something from someone unlawfully; "the thieving is awful at Kennedy International"

THEFT is a 5 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: larceny, stealing, thievery, thieving
 See Also: breach of trust with fraudulent intent, defalcation, embezzlement, felony, grand larceny, misapplication, misappropriation, peculation, petit larceny, petty larceny, pilferage, robbery, rustling, shoplifting, shrinkage, skimming



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Theft\, n. [OE. thefte, AS. [thorn]i['e]f[eth]e,
[thorn][=y]f[eth]e, [thorn]e['o]f[eth]e. See {Thief}.]
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.

Easton 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).