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Robbery definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. In law, the forcible and felonious taking from the person of another any money or goods, putting him in fear, that is, by violence or by menaces of death or personal injury. Robbery differs from theft, as it is a violent felonious taking from the person or presence of another; whereas theft is a felonious taking of goods privately from the person, dwelling, etc. of another. These words should not be confounded.
2. A plundering; a pillaging; a taking away by violence, wrong or oppression.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: larceny by threat of violence
2: plundering during riots or in wartime [syn: looting, robbery]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural -beries) Date: 13th century the act or practice of robbing; specifically larceny from the person or presence of another by violence or threat

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. -ies) 1 a the act or process of robbing, esp. with force or threat of force. b an instance of this. 2 excessive financial demand or cost (set us back £20 - it was sheer robbery). Etymology: ME f. OF roberie (as ROB)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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; freebooting; piracy.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(robberies) Robbery is the crime of stealing money or property from a bank, shop, or vehicle, often by using force or threats. The gang members committed dozens of armed robberies... N-VAR: oft supp N

Easton's Bible Dictionary

Practised by the Ishmaelites (Gen. 16:12), the Chaldeans and Sabeans (Job 1:15, 17), and the men of Shechem (Judg. 9:25. See also 1 Sam. 27:6-10; 30; Hos. 4:2; 6:9). Robbers infested Judea in our Lord's time (Luke 10:30; John 18:40; Acts 5:36, 37; 21:38; 2 Cor. 11:26). The words of the Authorized Version, "counted it not robbery to be equal," etc. (Phil. 2:6, 7), are better rendered in the Revised Version, "counted it not a prize to be on an equality," etc., i.e., "did not look upon equality with God as a prize which must not slip from his grasp" = "did not cling with avidity to the prerogatives of his divine majesty; did not ambitiously display his equality with God."

"Robbers of churches" should be rendered, as in the Revised Version, "of temples." In the temple at Ephesus there was a great treasure-chamber, and as all that was laid up there was under the guardianship of the goddess Diana, to steal from such a place would be sacrilege (Acts 19:37).

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Depredation, peculation, theft, larceny, spoliation, despoliation, despoilment, plundering, pillage, freebooting, piracy.

Moby Thesaurus

armed robbery, asportation, assault and robbery, banditry, bank robbery, bereavement, breaking and entering, burglary, burgling, caper, cattle lifting, cattle stealing, cost, damage, dead loss, debit, denial, denudation, depredation, deprivation, despoilment, destruction, detriment, dispossession, divestment, expense, extortion, filch, forfeit, forfeiture, grab, heist, highway robbery, hijack, hijacking, hold-up, holdup, injury, job, larceny, lift, looting, loser, losing, losing streak, loss, mugging, perdition, pilferage, pilfering, pillage, pillaging, pinch, pinching, plunder, plundering, pocket picking, privation, purse snatching, ransacking, rip-off, robbing, ruin, sack, sacking, sacrifice, spoliation, steal, stealing, stickup, stickup job, stripping, taking away, theft, thievery, thieving, total loss

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