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criminal

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman criminal, from Late Latin criminalis, from Latin crimen (crime)

PronunciationEdit

  • (file)

AdjectiveEdit

criminal (comparative more criminal, superlative most criminal)

  1. Being against the law; forbidden by law.
    • Addison
      Foppish and fantastic ornaments are only indications of vice, not criminal in themselves.
  2. Guilty of breaking the law.
    • Rogers
      The neglect of any of the relative duties renders us criminal in the sight of God.
  3. Of or relating to crime or penal law.
    • Hallam
      The officers and servants of the crown, violating the personal liberty, or other right of the subject [] were in some cases liable to criminal process.
    His long criminal record suggests that he is a dangerous man.
  4. (figuratively) Abhorrent or very undesirable, even if allowed by law.
    Printing such asinine opinions without rebuttal is criminal, even when not libel!

Usage notesEdit

  • Nouns to which "criminal" is often applied: law, justice, court, procedure, prosecution, intent, case, record, act, action, behavior, code, offence, liability, investigation, conduct, defense, trial, history, responsibility, lawyer, tribunal, appeal, process, background, mind, conspiracy, evidence, gang, organization, underworld, jurisprudence, offender, jury, police, past, group, punishment, attorney, violence, report, career, psychology.

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NounEdit

criminal (plural criminals)

  1. A person who is guilty of a crime, notably breaking the law.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 3, The China Governess[1]:
      ‘[…] There's every Staffordshire crime-piece ever made in this cabinet, and that's unique. The Van Hoyer Museum in New York hasn't that very rare second version of Maria Marten's Red Barn over there, nor the little Frederick George Manning—he was the criminal Dickens saw hanged on the roof of the gaol in Horsemonger Lane, by the way—’

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Old FrenchEdit

AdjectiveEdit

criminal m (feminine criminale)

  1. criminal; illegal; against the law

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PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin crīminālis (criminal), from crīmen (veredict; crime).

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criminal m, f (plural criminais; uncomparable)

  1. (law) criminal (of or relating to crime or penal law)
    Antecedente criminal.
    Criminal record.

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RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin crīminālis (criminal), from crīmen (veredict; crime).

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criminal 4 nom/acc forms

  1. murderous

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criminal m (plural criminali)

  1. a murderer

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SpanishEdit

AdjectiveEdit

criminal m, f (plural criminales)

  1. criminal

NounEdit

criminal m, f (plural criminales)

  1. A criminal

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