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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Rob·ber·y n.; pl. Robberies
 1. The act or practice of robbing; theft.
 Thieves for their robbery have authority
 When judges steal themselves.   --Shak.
 2. Law The crime of robbing. See Rob, v. t., 2.
 Note:Robbery, in a strict sense, differs from theft, as it is effected by force or intimidation, whereas theft is committed by stealth, or privately.
 Syn: -- Theft; depredation; spoliation; despoliation; despoilment; plunder; pillage; rapine; larceny; freebooting; piracy.