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Topic: CRIME

Language: Old English
Origin: thiefth

theft

noun
     
theft
1 [uncountable]SCC the crime of stealing [↪ thief, burglary, robbery]:
Car theft is on the increase.
an arrest for petty theft (=stealing small things)
Three men were charged with attempted theft.
2 [countable]SCC an act of stealing something:
There have been a number of thefts in the area.
theft of
the theft of £150 from the office
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crimes that involve stealing things: robbery, burglary, theft, shoplifting, fraud, carjacking

crimes that involve attacking people : assault, mugging, murder, rape

someone who commits crimes: criminal, thief, crook, burglar, mugger, robber, pickpocket, rapist, offender, lawbreaker
crime

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