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purloin purloined
steal something
  • How to Memorize
    • purloin - steal
  • Analysis

    The formal word ‘purloin’ is used to express obtaining something without permission. Even though the term implies that something has been appropriated wrongfully and that there has been a breach of trust, it can sometimes be used humorously.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Synonymspilfer, embezzle, peculate,
  • Example(s)
    1. The hackers managed to purloin data from our hard drives and then threatened to release it publically unless we paid them a sizeable fee.

    2. A lot of the stationary I have in the house has been purloined from the office. It’s a common practice among the staff.

    3. The businessman was arrested after it was discovered he had knowingly been selling goods purloined from various suppliers.