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 burglary on Wikipedia


From New Latin burglaria; equivalent to burglar +‎ -ery


  • IPA(key): /ˈbɜː(ɹ)ɡləɹi/


burglary (countable and uncountable, plural burglaries)

  1. The crime of unlawfully breaking into a vehicle, house, store, or other enclosure with the intent to steal.
    1. (law) Under the common law, breaking and entering of the dwelling of another at night with the intent to commit a felony.
    2. (law, US) Under the Model Penal Code, entering a building or occupied structure with purpose to commit a crime therein, unless the premises are at the time open to the public or the actor is licensed or privileged to enter. Model Penal Code § 221.1.

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