criminality

noun
crim·​i·​nal·​i·​ty | \ ˌkri-mə-ˈna-lə-tē How to pronounce criminality (audio) \

Definition of criminality

1 : the quality or state of being criminal
2 : criminal activity urban criminality

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Examples of criminality in a Sentence

criminality and physical violence often go hand in hand
Recent Examples on the Web At its center is the series of dark, gorgeous, dour and heart-rending color photographs that Gordon Parks shot for a 1957 spread in Life magazine challenging stereotypes of criminality. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "The Word at MoMA Is ‘Rotation, Rotation, Rotation’," 12 Nov. 2020 Federal prosecutors declined to pursue criminal charges against the officers last year, saying their actions did not rise to the level of criminality. Matthew Barakat, USA TODAY, "2 US Park Police officers indicted on manslaughter charges in fatal 2017 shooting of unarmed motorist in Virginia," 16 Oct. 2020 There are hardly any grounds for rejecting criminal prosecutions of Trump administration officials where evidence of criminality is sufficient to bring a case. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Shaming? Absolution? Jail? How to treat those complicit in Trump’s wrongdoing," 30 Oct. 2020 Federal prosecutors declined to pursue criminal charges against the officers last year, saying their actions did not rise to the level of criminality. Matthew Barakat, USA TODAY, "2 US Park Police officers indicted on manslaughter charges in fatal 2017 shooting of unarmed motorist in Virginia," 16 Oct. 2020 The War on Drugs, fabricated in the 1970s to push back on Black advancement from the Civil Rights Movement, was reinforced by an ideology of Black criminality and violence perpetuated, in part, by American psychiatrists. Rupinder Kaur Legha, Scientific American, "Teaching Antiracism to the Next Generation of Doctors," 21 Oct. 2020 Federal prosecutors declined to pursue criminal charges against the officers last year, saying their actions did not rise to the level of criminality. Matthew Barakat, USA TODAY, "2 US Park Police officers indicted on manslaughter charges in fatal 2017 shooting of unarmed motorist in Virginia," 16 Oct. 2020 Later, Sheridan denied that he had been needed to put down rampant criminality, but, again, the city’s elites no doubt slept better with the Civil War hero in charge. Richard Babcock, WSJ, "‘Chicago’s Great Fire’ Review: Rising From the Ashes," 16 Oct. 2020 This reality further reinforces erroneous beliefs about Black criminality. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: Before San Diego discusses defunding the police, it needs to have this conversation," 16 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of criminality

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for criminality

criminal entry 1 + -ity, perhaps after French criminalité

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The first known use of criminality was in 1611

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22 Nov 2020

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“Criminality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/criminality. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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criminality

noun
crim·​i·​nal·​i·​ty | \ ˌkri-mə-ˈna-lə-tē How to pronounce criminality (audio) \

Legal Definition of criminality

1 : the quality or state of being criminal can't understand the criminality of his act
2 : crime sense 3 violent criminality

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