Synonyms & Antonyms of crime

1 activities that are in violation of the laws of the state
  • a promise by the president to step up the war against crime

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2 a regrettable or blameworthy act
  • it's a crime to waste food, so give the rest of the pizza to me

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Frequently Asked Questions About crime

How does the noun crime contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of crime are offense, scandal, sin, and vice. While all these words mean "a transgression of law," crime implies a serious offense punishable by the law of the state.

the crime of murder

When would offense be a good substitute for crime?

The words offense and crime are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, offense applies to the infraction of any law, rule, or code.

at that school no offense went unpunished

When can scandal be used instead of crime?

The meanings of scandal and crime largely overlap; however, scandal applies to an offense that outrages the public conscience.

a career ruined by a sex scandal

When is sin a more appropriate choice than crime?

The synonyms sin and crime are sometimes interchangeable, but sin implies an offense against moral or religious law.

the sin of blasphemy

When could vice be used to replace crime?

In some situations, the words vice and crime are roughly equivalent. However, vice applies to a habit or practice that degrades or corrupts.

regarded gambling as a vice

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The first known use of crime was in the 14th century

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“Crime.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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