crim·​i·​nous ˈkri-mə-nəs How to pronounce criminous (audio)

Word History


Middle English crymynose, crymynous "reproachful, guilty of crime," borrowed from Anglo-French *criminous (as noun "guilty person"), borrowed from Latin crīminōsus "accusatory, shameful, constituting a criminal offense," from crīmin-, crīmen "accusation, crime" + -ōsus -ose entry 1

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of criminous was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Criminous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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