v. steal, often in violation of trust; put away; remove
The amateur detective Dupin saw him purloin the letter for which the police had search in vain.
Sentence in Classic:
To climb a wall, to break a branch, to purloin apples, is a mischievous trick in a child; for a man it is a misdemeanor; for a convict it is a crime.
Les Misérables (V1) By Victor Hugo Context
For our own part, we do not think so; it seems to us impossible that the same hand should pluck laurels and purloin the shoes from a dead man.
Les Misérables (V2) By Victor Hugo Context
I had first, however, provided for my sustenance for that day by a loaf of coarse bread, which I purloined, and a cup with which I could drink more conveniently than from my hand of the pure water which flowed by my retreat.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley Context
He married Beryl Garcia, one of the beauties of Costa Rica, and, having purloined a considerable sum of public money, he changed his name to Vandeleur and fled to England, where he established a school in the east of Yorkshire.
The Hound of the Baskervilles By A. Conan Doyle Context