purloin

Exam frequency

GRE

high

Banks

high

Civil Services

medium

Meaning(s)

steal something

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purloin - steal

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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.

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Synonyms pilfer,embezzle,peculate
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  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.

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