Reference > Roget’s > International Thesaurus > 792. Thief.
Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
Class V. Words Releasing to the Voluntary Powers
Division (II) Intersocial Volition
Section IV. Possessive Relations
2. Transfer of Property
792. Thief.
NOUN:THIEF, robber, homo trium literarum [L.], spoiler, depredator, pillager, marauder; pilferer, rifler, filcher, plagiarist; harpy, shark [slang], land rat [cant], land pirate, land shark, falcon; smuggler, poacher; abductor, badger [cant], kidnaper or kidnapper; chor [Hind.], crook [slang], lifter, skin [slang], contrabandist, hawk; hold-up, jackleg, rustler [all three slang, U. S.]; spieler [colloq., Austral.], sandbagger, sneak thief, strong-arm man [U. S.].
  PIRATE, corsair, viking, sea king, buccaneer, privateer; Paul Jones.
  BRIGAND, bandit, freebooter, thug, dacoit [India]; rover, ranger, pickeerer [obs.], picaroon, filibuster, rapparee [Ir.]; cattle thief, abactor; bushranger, mosstrooper [hist.], Bedouin; wrecker; highwayman, footpad, sturdy beggar, knight of the road.
  Dick Turpin, Claude Duval, Jonathan Wild, Macheath, Nevison.
  PICKPOCKET, dip [slang], cutpurse, pickpurse [rare], light-fingered gentry; sharper; card sharper, card cheat, Greek; thimblerigger; bunkoman or buncoman, rook [slang], welsher [slang], blackleg [colloq.], leg [slang, Eng.], diddler [colloq. or slang], defaulter; Autolycus, Jeremy Diddler, Robert Macaire, Artful Dodger, trickster; swell mob [slang], chevalier d’industrie [F.]; shoplifter.
  SWINDLER, duffer [Eng.], peculator; forger, coiner, smasher [cant, Eng.], counterfeiter; fence, receiver of stolen goods.
  BURGLAR, housebreaker, yeggman or yegg [slang], cracksman [slang], magsman [slang], sneak thief; second-story -thief, - man; Bill Sikes, Jack Sheppard.
  1. He stole nothing smaller than the moomoo’s egg.—Dunsany
  2. A promising young robber, the lieutenant of his band.—Gilbert



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