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Definition to steal — especially in violation of trust
  • The museum's night watchman purloined the artifacts.
purloined = stole
  • Poe's story is titled, The Purloined Letter.
  • Miss Tutti was sure those traveling fur sellers who came through town two days ago had purloined their furniture.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • purloined = stolen
  • I have received personal information, from a very high quarter, that a certain document of the last importance, has been purloined from the royal apartments.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • purloined = stolen
  • A really first-class and legendary burglar would at this point have picked the trolls' pockets ... purloined the beer, and walked off without their noticing him.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • purloined = stolen
  • purloined booze
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • purloined = stolen
  • Not with knitting needles or garden shears, or knives purloined from the kitchen, and especially not when we are pregnant.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • There are several fire rings formed from the perfectly round, perfectly white stones purloined from the border of the gravel path.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • After a moment, he convinced himself that whatever he heard was nothing and went back to his purloined snack.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • The purloined letters and the plan of Fort Washington provided by Demont's treachery may not have greatly altered the course of events to follow.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • He leaves me tame and grateful for the new language he has purloined from other kings whose granaries are filled and whose libraries are famous.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • But while the purloined guitar presented no ownership problem, his remaining property did.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • So we hid it by Purloined Letter method.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • After that he would purloin his own garments from the family wash before she could get to them and replace the missing buttons.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • To climb a wall, to break a branch, to purloin apples, is a mischievous trick in a child; for a man it is a misdemeanor; for a convict it is a crime.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It is curious how sometimes the memory of death lives on for so much longer than the memory of the life that it purloined.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • You might think a teenager's parents would take notice when she disappeared into the desert for hours at a time (with a rifle and purloined ammo, no less!
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • An alderman coming from a turtle feast will not step out of his carnage to steal a leg of mutton; but put him to starve, and see if he will not purloin a loaf.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Instead it's a silver candlestick, supplied by Reverend Verringer, and similar — he hopes — to the type used in the Kinnear household, and purloined by James McDermott.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • A greatly relieved Mrs. Worthington chats pleasantly with Mademoiselle LeFarge, who clutches her few precious purchases, Cecily's purloined pearls shining at her neck.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing

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