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larceny

Postby eberntson » Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:40 pm

: the unlawful taking of personal property with intent to deprive the rightful owner of it permanently

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Middle English, from Anglo-French larecin theft, from Latin latrocinium robbery, from latron-, latro mercenary soldier, probably from Greek *latrōn, from latron pay
First Known Use: 15th century
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Re: larceny

Postby Slava » Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:20 pm

OK, I admit it, I have been slow here. Why has it taken me over 7 months to twig to the connection of larceny and mercenary? :oops:

Tying in to mercenary is merchant, and with a root of mercēd, where does that leave the car?

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Re: larceny

Postby Perry Lassiter » Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:16 pm

Not sure the English words larceny and mercenary are connected. But I am pretty sure ladron is Spanish for thief.
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Re: larceny

Postby Slava » Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:32 pm

Perry Lassiter wrote:Not sure the English words larceny and mercenary are connected. But I am pretty sure ladron is Spanish for thief.

www.etymonline.com wrote:mid-15c., from Anglo-Fr. larcin (late 13c.), from O.Fr. larrecin "theft," from L. latrocinium "robbery," from latro (gen. latronis) "robber, bandit," also "hireling, mercenary,"


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Re: larceny

Postby Perry Lassiter » Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:42 pm

Mercenary is a translation from latro, not a derivation.
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Re: larceny

Postby Philip Hudson » Sat Aug 31, 2013 2:50 am

Perry: Yep.
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