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Related to purloining: pilfer, filched

pur·loin

 (pər-loin′, pûr′loin′)
tr.v. pur·loined, pur·loin·ing, pur·loins
To steal, especially in a stealthy way. See Synonyms at steal.

[Middle English purloinen, to remove, from Anglo-Norman purloigner : pur-, away (from Latin prō-; see pro-1) + loign, far (from Latin longē, from longus, long; see del- in Indo-European roots).]

pur·loin′er n.

purloin

(pɜːˈlɔɪn)
vb
(Law) to take (something) dishonestly; steal
[C15: from Old French porloigner to put at a distance, from por- for +loin distant, from Latin longus long]
purˈloiner n

pur•loin

(pərˈlɔɪn, ˈpɜr lɔɪn)

v.t.
1. to take dishonestly; steal; filch.
v.i.
2. to commit theft; steal.
[1400–50; late Middle English purloynen < Anglo-French purloigner to put off, remove =pur- (< Latin prō- pro-1) + -loigner, derivative of loin at a distance, far off < Latin longē]
pur•loin′er, n.

purloin

- Meaning to steal, it is from Latin pur/pro, "forth," and loign, "far."
See also related terms for steal.

purloin


Past participle: purloined
Gerund: purloining

Imperative
purloin
purloin
Present
I purloin
you purloin
he/she/it purloins
we purloin
you purloin
they purloin
Preterite
I purloined
you purloined
he/she/it purloined
we purloined
you purloined
they purloined
Present Continuous
I am purloining
you are purloining
he/she/it is purloining
we are purloining
you are purloining
they are purloining
Present Perfect
I have purloined
you have purloined
he/she/it has purloined
we have purloined
you have purloined
they have purloined
Past Continuous
I was purloining
you were purloining
he/she/it was purloining
we were purloining
you were purloining
they were purloining
Past Perfect
I had purloined
you had purloined
he/she/it had purloined
we had purloined
you had purloined
they had purloined
Future
I will purloin
you will purloin
he/she/it will purloin
we will purloin
you will purloin
they will purloin
Future Perfect
I will have purloined
you will have purloined
he/she/it will have purloined
we will have purloined
you will have purloined
they will have purloined
Future Continuous
I will be purloining
you will be purloining
he/she/it will be purloining
we will be purloining
you will be purloining
they will be purloining
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been purloining
you have been purloining
he/she/it has been purloining
we have been purloining
you have been purloining
they have been purloining
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been purloining
you will have been purloining
he/she/it will have been purloining
we will have been purloining
you will have been purloining
they will have been purloining
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been purloining
you had been purloining
he/she/it had been purloining
we had been purloining
you had been purloining
they had been purloining
Conditional
I would purloin
you would purloin
he/she/it would purloin
we would purloin
you would purloin
they would purloin
Past Conditional
I would have purloined
you would have purloined
he/she/it would have purloined
we would have purloined
you would have purloined
they would have purloined
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.purloin - make off with belongings of otherspurloin - make off with belongings of others  
steal - take without the owner's consent; "Someone stole my wallet on the train"; "This author stole entire paragraphs from my dissertation"

purloin

verb (Formal) steal, rob, lift (informal), nick (slang, chiefly Brit.), appropriate, trouser (slang), pinch (informal), swipe (slang), knock off (slang), blag (slang), pilfer, walk off with, snitch (slang), filch, prig (Brit. slang), snaffle (Brit. informal), thieve He was caught purloining books from the library.

purloin

verb
To take (another's property) without permission:
Informal: lift, swipe.
Translations

purloin

[pɜːˈlɔɪn] VT (frm or hum) → robar

purloin

[pɜːrˈlɔɪn] vtdérober

purloin

vt (form, hum)entwenden (form, hum)

purloin

[pɜːˈlɔɪn] vt (frm) → sottrarre, rubare
References in classic literature ?
You would surely have thought that I had been detected in no less a heinous crime than the purloining of the Crown Jewels from the Tower, or putting poison in the coffee of His Majesty the King.
La laughed a bitter laugh, for in her heart she knew that Tarzan's sin was greater than the purloining of the sacrificial knife of Opar; yet as she looked at him lying bound and helpless before her, tears rose to her eyes so that she had to turn away to hide them; but she remained inflexible in her determination to make him pay in frightful suffering and in eventual death for daring to spurn the love of La.
The purloining of the son of the poet-tyrant by the daughter of the financier-convict.
I took therefore an opportunity of purloining his key from his breeches-pocket, while he was asleep, and thus made myself master of all his riches: after which I again conveyed his key into his pocket, and counterfeiting sleep--though I never once closed my eyes, lay in bed till after he arose and went to prayers--an exercise to which I had long been unaccustomed.
According to the Guardian, Lind granted all defence requests to merge counts, except specifications four and six of charge II that relate to stealing and purloining of the Iraq and Afghan warlogs.
There has been alarm over the purloining of gas pipes.
for allegedly purloining a pair of former employees who violated the terms of their employment contracts and divulged important trade secrets to their new employer.