noun, plural lar·ce·nies. Law.
- the wrongful taking and carrying away of the personal goods of another from his or her possession with intent to convert them to the taker’s own use.
noun plural -nies
- law (formerly) a technical word for theft
n.late 15c., with -y (3) + Anglo-French larcin (late 13c.), from Old French larrecin, larcin “theft, robbery” (11c.), from Latin latrocinium “robbery, freebooting, highway-robbery, piracy,” from latro “robber, bandit,” also “hireling, mercenary,” ultimately from a Greek source akin to latron “pay, hire, wages,” from a suffixed form of PIE root *le- “to get.” Theft; taking another person’s property with the intent of permanently depriving the owner.