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crime

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of crime

  1. 1 activities that are in violation of the laws of the state <a promise by the president to step up the war against crime> Synonyms criminality, lawbreaking, lawlessness Related Words outlawry; gangsterism, hooliganism, racketeering; malfeasance, misconduct; wrongdoing; evil, immorality, sin, wickedness; corruption, depravity; malefaction, misdeed, misdoing, offense (or offence), transgression, trespass

  2. 2 a regrettable or blameworthy act <it's a crime to waste food, so give the rest of the pizza to me> Synonyms disgrace, pity, shame, sin Related Words outrage, scandal

  3. 3 a breaking of a moral or legal code <anyone who commits a crime should expect to be punished for it> Synonyms breach, offense, debt, error, lawbreaking, malefaction, misdeed, misdoing, sin, transgression, trespass, violation, wrongdoingRelated Words bias crime, hate crime; felony, misconduct, misdemeanor, misfeasance; fault, foible, peccadillo; break, infringement; immorality, iniquitousness, iniquity, sinfulness, vice, wickedness; corruption, debauchery, depravity, licentiousness; abuse, criminality, illegality, lawlessness, unlawfulness; descent, downfall, fallNear Antonyms blamelessness, faultlessness, guiltlessness, impeccability, innocence, irreproachability; goodness, morality, righteousness, virtue, virtuousnessAntonyms noncrime





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