What does crime mean?

Definitions for crimekraɪm

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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"

Wiktionary

  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

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crime

    krīm, n. a violation of law: an act punishable by law: offence: sin.—adjs. Crime′ful, criminal; Crime′less, without crime, innocent; Criminal (krim′-), relating to crime: guilty of crime: violating laws.—n. one guilty of crime.—ns. Crim′inalist, one versed in criminal law; Criminal′ity, guiltiness.—adv. Crim′inally.—v.t. Crim′ināte, to accuse.—n. Criminā′tion, act of criminating: accusation.—adjs. Crim′inātive, Crim′inātory, involving crimination or accusation.—ns. Criminol′ogist; Criminol′ogy, that branch of anthropology which treats of crime and criminals.—adj. Crim′inous, criminal—now chiefly in the phrase 'a criminous clerk.'—n. Crim′inousness.—Criminal conversation, often Crim. con., adultery. [Fr.,—L. crimen.]

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

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crime in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crime in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. H. G. Wells:

    Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.

  2. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones:

    The crime scene is a large crime scene and it takes time to get the crime scene worked, the investigation is continuing as we go.

  3. Marquis de Sade:

    Crime is the soul of lust. What would pleasure be if it were not accompanied by crime It is not the object of debauchery that excites us, rather the idea of evil.

  4. Alexander Senturia:

    Love is not a crime, denying it is. Having dreams is not a crime, not chasing them is. Making mistakes is not a crime, not learning from them is. Life is not a crime, not living it is.

  5. Raven Symon:

    I consider this a hate crime, then a terrorist act, then horribleness to America in general, but this a hate crime, how come other people are making it other things before? It needs to be categorized as a hate crime first.

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