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Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  the act of unlawfully taking something from someone without force
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larceny larcenies larcenous
"Larceny" is contrasted to "robbery" (theft by means of violence or intimidation).
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  • Larcenist!
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • We call that burglary or robbery or grand larceny and they have to pay the price.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • "Taking a menu doesn’t exactly seem like grand larceny to me, for Christ’s sake," I said.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • They nailed me to the cross-larceny, jailbreak, car theft.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood

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  • For Flask to have presumed to help himself, this must have seemed to him tantamount to larceny in the first degree.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Forthwith Mr. Huxter, conceiving he was witness of some petty larceny, leapt round his counter and ran out into the road to intercept the thief.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • On remand for numerous larcenies: Mulch Diggums, the kleptomaniac dwarf.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • By the way, what did sister Sue think of your larceny?
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • I knew Mrs. Joe’s housekeeping to be of the strictest kind, and that my larcenous researches might find nothing available in the safe.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • It is a commercial colony of itself: the emporium of petty larceny: visited at early morning, and setting-in of dusk, by silent merchants, who traffic in dark back-parlours, and who go as strangely as they come.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist

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  • To add insult to injury, he had been fined two hundred dollars for larceny and trespass.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • That we undertake to guard our people against inconveniences, larcenies and pillage.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Allen, Canty, and Ramseur also all had misdemeanor convictions, ranging from criminal mischief to petty larceny.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Sweeter for the larceny of time and flesh, sweeter for the betrayal.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • Of course we had the usual list of guys in for car theft, pimping, mail theft, murder, manslaughter, assault, burglary, larceny, arson, explosives, drug possession, drug dealing.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life
  • Death for Trifling Larcenies.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • You see, I don’t have larceny in my heart; I’m not a real crook.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • My larcenous aims were modest.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • But the Traction gang can’t get away with grand larceny like it used to.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • One Cardoza, under indictment for larceny in New York, was placed at the head of the public schools and two former slaves held the offices of Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • And now, thirty-one years afterward, in seeing the reminder of her small larceny, she was both the girl she once was and the observer of that younger version of herself.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • ’Oh, treason,’ Captain Fellows said, all his interest dropping; there was so much treason everywhere - it was like petty larceny in a barracks.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • And the truly wonderful thing about them is they would applaud my theft, laugh at the thought of it, realizing they had taught me their larcenous skills well.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • But what was worse, the unfortunate Sparser had already been charged with larceny and homicide, and wishing, no doubt, to minimize his own share in this grave catastrophe, had not only revealed the names of all who were with him in the car—the youths in particular and their hotel address—but had charged that they along with him were equally guilty, since they had urged him to make speed at the time and against his will—a claim which was true enough, as Clyde knew.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • He had quick hands when he wanted them, and a skill for larceny.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • Murder, drug addiction, larceny, assault, and vandalism were commonplace.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • The police had arrested him for petty larceny, a grocery store.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Paquette, representing Madison, admitted to one petit larceny conviction "back somewhere."
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • Murder, manslaughter, arson, forgery, swindling, house-breaking, highway robbery, larceny, conspiracy, fraud?
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • MANY RECRUITERS, ESPECIALLY THE GOOD ONES, have more than a little larceny in them, and this one was no different.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • Once divorced, twice expelled from school, once fled from same, many times estranged from parents, thrice charged with petty larceny, once emergency-roomed for barbiturate overdose, once experimentally wrist-slashed, many times avomit on the pavement outside a bar—the shoplifting charges expunged from the record thanks to influential friends of dad.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • She used to tell me, "I don’t know what you can see in that worthless, drunken, petty-larceny brother of mine.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • …fluxion in the final solution), the upholding of the letter of the law (common, statute and law merchant) against all traversers in covin and trespassers acting in contravention of bylaws and regulations, all resuscitators (by trespass and petty larceny of kindlings) of venville rights, obsolete by desuetude, all orotund instigators of international persecution, all perpetuators of international animosities, all menial molestors of domestic conviviality, all recalcitrant violators of…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • ) Not a youngster is taken for larceny but I go up too, and am tried and sentenced.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • After another pause, "It’s larceny.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • "Larceny," Metzger said, "maybe they’ll need a lawyer."
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • For the fugitive out on the marshes with the ironed leg, the mysterious young man, the file, the food, and the dreadful pledge I was under to commit a larceny on those sheltering premises, rose before me in the avenging coals.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • That he was pure of all feeling of larceny contributed a lot to his success.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • And three larceny arrests, no convictions, against Walter Boyle.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • From many descriptions of larceny the law expressly took away the benefit of clergy: to steal a horse, or a HAWK, or woollen cloth from the weaver, was a hanging matter.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • They, too, would have laid covetous eyes on Emmi’s little radio; there were a few at least who were not beyond larceny and they, too, would scarcely be immune to suspicion.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • They both had weak eyes, which I had long attributed to their chronically looking in at keyholes, and they were always at hand when not wanted; indeed that was their only reliable quality besides larceny.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • When Connecticut and New Haven were framing their first codes, larceny above the value of twelve pence was a capital crime in England—as it had been since the time of Henry I.—Dr. J. Hammond Trumbull’s Blue Laws, True and False, p. 17.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Smith’s pencil sped almost indecipherably as he hurried toward more recent history: the motorcycle accident that had crippled him, the burglary in Phillipsburg, Kansas, that had led to his first prison sentence: …I was sentenced to 5 to 10 years for grand larceny, burglary and jailbreak.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • For Flask to have presumed to help himself, this must have seemed to him tantamount to larceny in the first degree.
    Melville, Herman  --  Moby Dick I-LXVII
  • sneered Soapy, adding insult to petit larceny.
    Henry, O.  --  The Four Million
  • In another cell, there was a German, sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for larceny, two of which had just expired.
    Dickens, Charles  --  American Notes for General Circulation
  • After all, that is nothing; petty larceny, six months at the most.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Return of Sherlock Holmes
  • Murder, manslaughter, arson, forgery, swindling, house- breaking, highway robbery, larceny, conspiracy, fraud?
    Dickens, Charles  --  Little Dorrit
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