Definitions for Crime
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Crime.
crime, offense, criminal offense, criminal offence, offence, law-breakingnoun
(criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act
"a long record of crimes"
an evil act not necessarily punishable by law
"crimes of the heart"
A specific act committed in violation of the law.
The practice or habit of committing crimes.
Crime doesn't pay.
Etymology: crimen from cernere
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
An act contrary to right; an offence; a great fault; an act of wickedness.
Etymology: crimen, Lat. crime, French.
High God be witness, that I guiltless am;
But if yourself, sir knight, ye guilty find,
Or wrapped be in loves of former dame,
With crime do not it cover, but disclose the same. Fairy Qu.
No crime was thine, if ’tis no crime to love. Alexander Pope.
In ordinary language, a crime is an unlawful act punishable by a state or other authority. The term crime does not, in modern criminal law, have any simple and universally accepted definition, though statutory definitions have been provided for certain purposes. The most popular view is that crime is a category created by law; in other words, something is a crime if declared as such by the relevant and applicable law. One proposed definition is that a crime or offence (or criminal offence) is an act harmful not only to some individual but also to a community, society, or the state ("a public wrong"). Such acts are forbidden and punishable by law.The notion that acts such as murder, rape, and theft are to be prohibited exists worldwide. 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 comprehensive statute exists. The state (government) has the power to severely restrict one's liberty for committing a crime. In modern societies, there are procedures to which investigations and trials must adhere. If found guilty, an offender may be sentenced to a form of reparation such as a community sentence, or, depending on the nature of their offence, to undergo imprisonment, life imprisonment or, in some jurisdictions, execution. Usually, to be classified as a crime, the "act of doing something criminal" (actus reus) must – with certain exceptions – be accompanied by the "intention to do something criminal" (mens rea).While every crime violates the law, not every violation of the law counts as a crime. Breaches of private law (torts and breaches of contract) are not automatically punished by the state, but can be enforced through civil procedure.
Crime refers to any act or omission that is prohibited by law and punishable by the state or other governing authority. It typically involves behavior that is considered harmful, threatening, or morally wrong within a particular society or community. Crimes can range from minor offenses, such as traffic violations, to more serious offenses, such as theft, assault, or murder. The purpose of criminal laws and legal punishments is to maintain social order, protect citizens, and deter individuals from engaging in harmful or unlawful activities.
any violation of law, either divine or human; an omission of a duty commanded, or the commission of an act forbidden by law
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
any great wickedness or sin; iniquity
that which occasion 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
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
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.
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Rank popularity for the word 'Crime' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1875
Rank popularity for the word 'Crime' in Nouns Frequency: #521
The numerical value of Crime in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of Crime in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
My constituents don't compare Zone 2 crime stats to Zone 5 crime stats. They are human beings. They compare how they feel now about crime and how they think they remember feeling about crime 10 years ago, and I will tell you, statistics bear out the fact that their instincts and feelings are correct. Things are much worse here, relatively speaking, than they were 10 years ago.
I think everybody is [concerned with crime], i think the mayor's concerned with the crime rate. I think management with MPD is concerned about the crime rate. And I can speak for the rank-and-file of the [MPD], and we are very concerned about the crime rate.
This is a crime in all aspects, the PA is the main suspect in this crime. Israel is a suspect as a partner in this crime because [ the PA arrest operation ] requires security coordination. Also, the Mazeed Saqf Al-Hait from Nablus and the EU are partners in the crime through their financial support to the security forces. It is the system that is criminal and is responsible for the killing and should be held accountable.
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.
There is no den in the wide world to hide a rogue. Commit a crime and the earth is made of glass. Commit a crime, and it seems as if a coat of snow fell on the ground, such as reveals in the woods the track of every partridge, and fox, and squirrel.
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- злачын, злачынстваBelarusian
- delicte, crimCatalan, Valencian
- zločinnost, zločin, trestný činCzech
- forbrydelse, kriminalitetDanish
- Kriminalität, VerbrechenGerman
- έγκλημα, εγκληματικότητα, αδίκημαGreek
- krimado, krimoEsperanto
- criminalidad, delito, delincuencia, crimenSpanish
- kuritegu, kuritegevusEstonian
- جرم, بزهPersian
- rikos, rikollisuusFinnish
- misdiedWestern Frisian
- cion, coirIrish
- eucoir, eucoireachdScottish Gaelic
- delito, malfeitoGalician
- bűntény, bűntett, bűnözésHungarian
- delitto, reato, crimine, criminalitàItalian
- 犯罪, 犯行, 罪Japanese
- ಅಪರಾಧ, ತಕ್ಸೀರುKannada
- 犯罪, 범죄Korean
- scelus, facinus, maleficiumLatin
- VerbriechenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- ອາດຊະຍາກຳ, ກຳມະໂທດLao
- nusikaltimas, nusižengimasLithuanian
- noziegšanās, noziegumsLatvian
- taihara, hara, māhieMāori
- злосторство, недело, злоделоMacedonian
- гэмт хэрэгMongolian
- reat, kriminalitàMaltese
- kriminalitet, lovbruddNorwegian
- przestępstwo, zbrodniaPolish
- infracțiune, criminalitate, delicvențăRomanian
- преступление, преступность, криминал, злодеяние, злодействоRussian
- зло̀чин, zlòčinSerbo-Croatian
- අපරාධයSinhala, Sinhalese
- brottslighet, brottSwedish
- 罪犯, tội phạm, tội ácVietnamese
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