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 (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.
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It was La of Opar, High Priestess of the Flaming God, and fifty of her horrid priests searching for the purloiner of the sacred sacrificial knife.
Accordingly, the forger was put to Death; the utterer of a bad note was put to Death; the unlawful opener of a letter was put to Death; the purloiner of forty shillings and sixpence was put to Death; the holder of a horse at Tellson's door, who made off with it, was put to Death; the coiner of a bad shilling was put to Death; the sounders of three-fourths of the notes in the whole gamut of Crime, were put to Death.
As I ran at full speed, with my nose up in the atmosphere, and intent only upon the purloiner of my property, I suddenly perceived that my feet rested no longer upon terra-firma; the fact is, I had thrown myself over a precipice, and should inevitably have been dashed to pieces but for my good fortune in grasping the end of a long guide-rope, which depended from a passing balloon.
Officers from GMP Whitefield posted a limerick verse on Twitter after he was hauled into court: "There once was a purloiner from Bury , who went robbin' at Mac D's in a hurry, He scattered charity cash And gave Th'Asda a bash, And now has 4 months for his worry."