Someone who’s larcenous has a tendency to steal things. You can describe a classmate as larcenous if she proudly shows off the candy she’s stolen from the corner store.

Pickpockets, car thieves, and politicians who accept bribes are all larcenous — they are all motivated by a desire for financial gain and a willingness to take things that don’t belong to them. This adjective comes from larceny, a fancy way to say “theft.” Both words have their roots in the Latin latrocinium, “robbery,” which comes from latro, “robber or bandit.”

Definitions of larcenous
  1. noun

    having a disposition to steal

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    type of:


    the quality of being dishonest

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