What does crime mean?

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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"


  1. crime(Noun)

    A specific act committed in violation of the law.

  2. crime(Noun)

    The practice or habit of committing crimes.

    Crime doesn't 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.

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.

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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

How to pronounce crime?

  1. Alex
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How to say crime in sign language?

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  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

Examples of crime in a Sentence

  1. De Luca:

    There has been no crime.

  2. James Alan Fox:

    Murder is a man's crime.

  3. John M. Keil:

    Take a bite out of crime

  4. Nick Orloff:

    It's meant to deter crime.

  5. Ernestina Godoy:

    The crime is manslaughter.

Images & Illustrations of crime

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