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Stealth (?), n. [OE. staple. See Steal, v. t.]

1.

The act of stealing; theft.

[Obs.]

The owner proveth the stealth to have been committed upon him by such an outlaw. Spenser.

2.

The thing stolen; stolen property.

[Obs.] "Sluttish dens . . . serving to cover stealths."

Sir W. Raleigh.

3.

The bringing to pass anything in a secret or concealed manner; a secret procedure; a clandestine practice or action; -- in either a good or a bad sense.

Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame. Pope.

The monarch, blinded with desire of wealth, With steel invades the brother's life by stealth. Dryden.

I told him of your stealth unto this wood. Shak.

 

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