theft

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From Middle English thefte, thiefthe, theofthe, thiufthe, from Old English þīfþ, þȳfþ, þēoft, earlier þīefþ, þēofþ(act of thieving; theft), from Proto-Germanic *þiubiþō, from *þeubaz(thief), equivalent to thief +‎ -th or thieve +‎ -th. Cognate with Old Frisian thiuvethe, thiufthe(theft), Old Norse þýfð, þýft, and (obsolete) Dutch diefte.

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theft ‎(plural thefts)

  1. The act of stealing property.

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