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Topic: CRIME

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Anglo-French
Origin: purloigner 'to put away, make useless', from Old French porloigner 'to put off, delay', from loing 'at a distance'

purloin

verb
     
pur‧loin [transitive]
formalSCC to obtain something without permission - often used humorously:
He must have purloined a key from somewhere.
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