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I have a question about money.

We have different sorts of money such as blood money and I was wondering what stolen money is called.

Is there any kind of specific word for this type of money?

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  • @TaliesinMerlin - I don’t think it is a duplicate, the older question asked about “money earned illegally, here is specifically about stolen money. – user067531 Jul 11 at 20:53
  • The question includes stolen money: "Money that is earned through bad sources like corrupted politics, corrupted business, ransom money, stolen or theft money." The answers so far repeat answers in that thread (booty, loot). – TaliesinMerlin Jul 11 at 20:55
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    Yes @TaliesinMerlin That is certainly true. But how was the OP going to find that in Search? It is buried in a body of text that might put off the new user. – Cascabel Jul 11 at 21:50
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    I honestly don't know, Cascabel. I only observe that a similar question exists. I don't blame the OP for not initially finding it. – TaliesinMerlin Jul 11 at 23:00
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    Yes @TaliesinMerlin...that is certainly a good point. We have had a few questions like this in which it is difficult to reverse search. How can we resolve this? – Cascabel Jul 11 at 23:14

loot (n)

1.1) Stolen money or valuables.

"The gang escaped with their loot"


An example I saw was from Unsolved Texas Mysteries (Wallace O Chariton)

...having so much money..one of them presented the prudent thing to do would be to bury the loot...

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Another thing to take under consideration is that money is a fairly recent concept. Originally the "coin of the realm" was minted in copper, silver, and gold. Paper money, while invented centuries ago in China, was not used in the western world until only in the last 400 years.

I have also seen this used by Calvin to describe his take at Christmas.

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Although this probably destroys my case, I could not resist posting a Calvin & Hobbes strip by the famous Bill Watterson.

  • Loot (and booty) to me very strongly implies something that requires effort to carry, and also something you’ve obtained through difficulty and at some risk to yourself. If you rob a bank and escape with a bag full of bank notes, yes, that’s your loot; but if you steal a £50 note from your nan’s purse lying on the table, I would find it very odd to describe that as your ‘loot’. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jul 11 at 22:16
  • @JanusBahsJacquet Have you ever calculated the weight of a miilion dollares in $100 bills? It is like 10 kg. Maybe it depends on the quantity/weight. That's how the narcos do it. – Cascabel Jul 11 at 22:47
  • I have no, no – I limited myself to thinking of the Dalton Brothers or some such, running down the street with heavy bags of money on their backs. How many bazillion dollars they’d actually have to steal for that scenario to be realistic, I didn’t pause to consider. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jul 11 at 22:51
  • “Vote to Close addiction” hits again!!! – user067531 Jul 12 at 3:35

You can use booty:

[ U ] any valuable things or money stolen by an army at war or by thieves.

(Cambridge Dictionary)


I like swag myself
noun Slang.

plunder; booty.
money; valuables.

If you put loot into a thesaurus you'll find more synonyms.

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    I have usually seen swag used to describe stolen articles of value such as silver and gold items, like the candlesticks stolen by Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. – Cascabel Jul 11 at 20:18
  • Sorry if it appears I robbed you of loot, but it was already the thought I had . – Cascabel Jul 11 at 20:31
  • Good answer, but worth noting that swag also refers to the near-worthless promotional trinkets handed by companies/institutions out at conferences and conventions. Swag could refer to something very valuable, or to a crappy piece of junk. – Nuclear Wang Jul 11 at 20:34
  • @NuclearWang That's a new meaning of swag, based on the primary one given in the answer. – Mitch Jul 11 at 21:04
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    @Cascabel Robbed the loot indeed :-). (But I bagged the swag.) – S Conroy Jul 13 at 20:53

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