purloiner

[ per-loin, pur-loin ]SEE DEFINITION OF purloiner
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At night the purloiner marched to his plunder, and she revived.

I have strong doubts of his being the purloiner of the sword.

The purloiner of a clerk's property was ordered to restore threefold .

Was not the purloiner of my treasure and the wanderer the same person?

The purloiner nodded, and his lips twisted into a smile of triumph, as he thrust the sheet of paper into his own pocket.

But in spite of threats the bat was not brought back nor its purloiner or annexer betrayed.

You are a corrupter of youth, and an evil man, Mr. Schoolmaster, and a purloiner of letters as well.'

The purloiner of love had introduced herself under cover of the pity in which Maud had believed.

One glance at her sweet, highbred features was sufficient to exonerate her as a purloiner of gentlemen's garments.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "remove, misappropriate," from Anglo-French purloigner "remove," Old French porloigner "put off, retard, delay, drag out; be far away," from por- (from Latin pro- "forth;" see pro-) + Old French loing "far," from Latin longe, from longus (see long (adj.)). Sense of "to steal" (1540s) is a development in English. Related: Purloined; purloining.

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