noun \ˈkrīm\

: an illegal act for which someone can be punished by the government

: activity that is against the law : illegal acts in general

: an act that is foolish or wrong

Full Definition of CRIME

:  an act or the commission of an act that is forbidden or the omission of a duty that is commanded by a public law and that makes the offender liable to punishment by that law; especially :  a gross violation of law
:  a grave offense especially against morality
:  criminal activity <efforts to fight crime>
:  something reprehensible, foolish, or disgraceful <it's a crime to waste good food>
crime·less \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of CRIME

  1. She paid dearly for her crimes.
  2. evidence that helped them solve the crime
  3. He was punished for a crime that he didn't commit.
  4. the recent increase in violent crime
  5. Being single is not a crime.
  6. There's no greater crime than forgetting your anniversary.

Origin of CRIME

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin crimen accusation, reproach, crime; probably akin to Latin cernere to sift, determine
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi


Next Word in the Dictionary: crime against humanityPrevious Word in the Dictionary: crim conAll Words Near: crime
May 25, 2015
callithump Hear it
a noisy boisterous band or parade
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears