Cultural Watch

Word of the Day – Purloin

Purloin / per-loin, purloin / verb


1. to take dishonestly; steal; filch; pilfer.
2. to commit theft; steal.


… a certain document of the last importance, has been purloined from the royal apartments. The individual who purloined it is known; this beyond a doubt; he was seen to take it.
— Edgar Allen Poe, “The Purloined Letter,” The Gift, 1844


Purloin entered English in the 1400s from late Middle English purloynen, from Anglo-French purloigner “to put off, remove.”

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