Definitions for crimekraɪm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. an action that is deemed injurious to the public welfare and is legally prohibited.

    Category: Law

  2. criminal activity and those engaged in it:

    to fight crime.

  3. any serious wrongdoing.

  4. a foolish act or practice:

    It's a crime to let that beautiful garden go to ruin.

* Syn: crime , offense , sin agree in referring to a breaking of law. crime usu. refers to any serious violation of a public law: the crime of treason. offense is used of a less serious violation of a public law, or of a violation of a social or moral rule: a traffic offense; an offense against propriety. sin means a breaking of a moral or divine law: the sin of envy.

Origin of crime:

1200–50; ME < AF, OF < L crīmin-, s. of crīmen charge, crime

Princeton's WordNet

  1. crime, offense, criminal offense, criminal offence, offence, law-breaking(noun)

    (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act

    "a long record of crimes"

  2. crime(noun)

    an evil act not necessarily punishable by law

    "crimes of the heart"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. crime(noun)ɪm

    illegal acts

    Violent crime is rising in the area.; crime prevention; The crime rate is rising/falling.

  2. crimeɪm

    an illegal act

    violent crimes; crimes against humanity; teenagers who commit crimes

  3. crimeɪm

    indicates you think sth is morally wrong

    She acts like it's a crime to hold hands with him.


  1. crime(Noun)

    A specific act committed in violation of the law.

  2. crime(Noun)

    The practice or habit of committing crimes.

    Crime doesnu2019t pay.

  3. Origin: crimen from cernere

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crime(noun)

    any violation of law, either divine or human; an omission of a duty commanded, or the commission of an act forbidden by law

  2. Crime(noun)

    gross violation of human law, in distinction from a misdemeanor or trespass, or other slight offense. Hence, also, any aggravated offense against morality or the public welfare; any outrage or great wrong

  3. Crime(noun)

    any great wickedness or sin; iniquity

  4. Crime(noun)

    that which occasion crime


  1. Crime

    A crime, also called an offence or a criminal offence, is an act harmful not only to some individual, but also to the community or the state. Such acts are forbidden and punishable by law. The idea that acts like murder, rape and theft are prohibited exists all around the world, and probably has universal moral basis. What precisely is a criminal offence is defined by criminal law of each country. While many have a catalogue of crimes called the criminal code, in some common law countries no such a comprehensive statute exists. The state has the power to severely restrict one's liberty for committing a crime. Therefore, in modern societies, a criminal procedure must be adhered to during the investigation and trial. Only if found guilty, the offender may be sentenced to punishment such as community sentence, imprisonment, life imprisonment or, in some jurisdictions, even death. To be classified as a crime, the act of doing something bad must be usually accompanied by the intention to do something bad, with certain exceptions. While every crime violates the law, not every violation of the law counts as a crime. Breaches of private law are not automatically punished by the state, but can be enforced through civil procedure.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Crime

    A violation of the criminal law, i.e., a breach of the conduct code specifically sanctioned by the state, which through its administrative agencies prosecutes offenders and imposes and administers punishments. The concept includes unacceptable actions whether prosecuted or going unpunished.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crime' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1455

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crime' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1875

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crime' in Nouns Frequency: #521

Translations for crime

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


act(s) punishable by law

Murder is a crime; Crime is on the increase.

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