mens rea

noun \ˈmenz-ˈrē-ə, -ˈrā-ə\

Definition of MENS REA

:  criminal intent

Origin of MENS REA

New Latin, literally, guilty mind
First Known Use: 1861


Next Word in the Dictionary: men's roomPrevious Word in the Dictionary: MenshevikAll Words Near: mens rea
May 27, 2015
riot act Hear it
a vigorous reprimand or warning
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