Definition of crime
- efforts to fight crime
- It's a crime to waste good food.
She paid dearly for her crimes.
evidence that helped them solve the crime
He was punished for a crime that he didn't commit.
the recent increase in violent crime
Being single is not a crime.
There's no greater crime than forgetting your anniversary.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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
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to speak or write verbosely and windily
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