From Middle English robberie, robry, roberie, from Old French roberie, from the verb rober (“to steal; to pillage”) + -ie. Ultimately from unattested Frankish *raubōn. See rob, -y. Compare Dutch roverij (“robbery”), Danish røveri (“robbery”), Swedish röveri (“robbery”).
robbery (plural robberies)
- The act or practice of robbing.
- (law) The offense of taking or attempting to take the property of another by force or threat of force.
(attempt of taking the property of another by threat): larceny
- taking or attempt of taking the property of another by force or threat
- piracy, armed robbery, aggravated robbery, highway robbery, mugging, carjacking, extortion, stick-up (slang), blagging (slang), steaming (slang)
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