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Secrecy KeyPlay
The thief often acts without the owner's knowledge, emphasizing slyness and avoidance of detection. SlideThe thief tiptoed around the sleeping house.
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Negative ConnotationPlay
'Thief' carries a strong negative judgment and implicates dishonesty and criminal behavior. SlideA thief broke into several homes in our neighborhood.
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Type SignificancePlay
Differentiating 'car thief', 'pickpocket', or 'identity thief' specifies what the thief steals, adding clarity. SlideAn identity thief used my personal information.