Scotch law. Formerly this word included in its
signification every species of theft, accompanied with violence to the person;
but of late years it has become the vox signata for forcible and masterful
depredation within or near the dwelling house; while robbery has been more
particularly applied to violent depredation on the highway, or accompanied by
house-breaking. Alison, Princ. Cr. Law of Scot]. 227.
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