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criminal

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adjective crim·i·nal \ˈkri-mə-nəl, ˈkrim-nəl\

Simple Definition of criminal

  • : involving illegal activity : relating to crime

  • : relating to laws that describe crimes rather than to laws about a person's rights

  • : morally wrong

Full Definition of criminal

  1. 1 :  relating to, involving, or being a crime <criminal neglect>

  2. 2 :  relating to crime or to the prosecution of suspects in a crime <criminal statistics> <brought criminal action>

  3. 3 :  guilty of crime; also :  of or befitting a criminal <a criminal mind>

  4. 4 :  disgraceful

crim·i·nal·ly adverb

Examples of criminal

  1. a history of criminal behavior

  2. The captain of the wrecked boat was accused of criminal negligence.

  3. The company brought criminal charges against her.

  4. It's criminal that the government is doing nothing to stop the problem.



Origin of criminal

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Late Latin; Anglo-French criminal, from Late Latin criminalis, from Latin crimin-, crimen crime


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with criminal


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criminal

noun crim·i·nal

Simple Definition of criminal

  • : a person who has committed a crime or who has been proved to be guilty of a crime by a court

Full Definition of criminal

  1. 1 :  one who has committed a crime

  2. 2 :  a person who has been convicted of a crime




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