What does criminal mean?

Definitions for criminal
ˈkrɪm ə nlcrim·i·nal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. criminal, felon, crook, outlaw, malefactoradjective

    someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime

  2. condemnable, criminal, deplorable, reprehensible, viciousadjective

    bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure

    "a criminal waste of talent"; "a deplorable act of violence"; "adultery is as reprehensible for a husband as for a wife"

  3. criminaladjective

    guilty of crime or serious offense

    "criminal in the sight of God and man"

  4. criminal, feloniousadjective

    involving or being or having the nature of a crime

    "a criminal offense"; "criminal abuse"; "felonious intent"

Wiktionary

  1. criminalnoun

    A person who is guilty of a crime, notably breaking the law.

  2. criminaladjective

    Being against the law; forbidden by law.

  3. criminaladjective

    Guilty of breaking the law.

  4. criminaladjective

    Of or relating to crime.

  5. criminaladjective

    Abhorrent or very undesirable, even if allowed by law.

    Printing such asinine opinions without rebuttal is criminal, even when not libel!

  6. criminaladjective

    Of or relating to crime control, notably penal law.

    His criminal record shows his resistance to all crime prevention and - repression.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Criminaladjective

    Etymology: from crime.

    Live thou, and to thy mother dead attest,
    That clear she died from blemish criminal. Fairy Quen, b. ii.

    What we approve in our friend, we can hardly be induced to think criminal in ourselves. John Rogers, Serm. iv.

    The neglect of any of the relative duties, render us criminal in the sight of God. John Rogers, Sermons.

  2. Criminalnoun

    Etymology: from crime.

    Was ever criminal forbid to plead?
    Curb your ill-manner’d zeal. John Dryden, Spanish Fryar.

    All three persons, that had held chief place of authority in their countries; all three ruined, not by war, or by any other disaster, but by justice and sentence, as delinquents and criminals. Francis Bacon.

Wikipedia

  1. criminal

    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 the criminal law of each relevant jurisdiction. While many have a catalogue of crimes called the criminal code, in some common law nations 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, death. 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.

ChatGPT

  1. criminal

    A criminal is a person who has committed a crime or has been found guilty of violating a law, particularly a serious one such as a felony. This can encompass various forms of unlawful activities which are punishable by the legal system.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Criminaladjective

    guilty of crime or sin

  2. Criminaladjective

    involving a crime; of the nature of a crime; -- said of an act or of conduct; as, criminal carelessness

  3. Criminaladjective

    relating to crime; -- opposed to civil; as, the criminal code

  4. Criminalnoun

    one who has commited a crime; especially, one who is found guilty by verdict, confession, or proof; a malefactor; a felon

  5. Etymology: [L. criminalis, fr. crimen: cf. F. criminel. See Crime.]

Wikidata

  1. Criminal

    Criminal is a 2004 American film based upon the Argentine film Nine Queens. Directed by Gregory Jacobs, it stars John C. Reilly, Diego Luna, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Maeve Quinlan and is a production of Section Eight, the production company of Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. criminal

    One who does by illegal means what all the rest of us do legally.

Editors Contribution

  1. criminalnoun

    0.) A person that illegally engages against the authority's reflex of conditioned response in assimilations before expressing the situation of something that is or appears to be enclosed or surrounded by something else relating to the verbal or physical acts of the lawless one. 1.) A person who has committed a crime; of or related to a crime. 2.) Law of or relating to crime as opposed to civil matters; (of an action or situation) deplorable and shocking

    Criminal Justice was my College major where I received a decree of knowledge to be who I am and produce hones literature as direction.

    Etymology: Murderous and thieves


    Submitted by Tony_Elyon on October 18, 2023  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'criminal' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2278

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'criminal' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4635

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'criminal' in Nouns Frequency: #2155

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'criminal' in Adjectives Frequency: #304

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of criminal in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of criminal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of criminal in a Sentence

  1. Theresa Payton:

    For the last two years I have been very alarmed to see the blueprint unfold, when you look at the time-line of attacks, you see a systematic and thorough approach, involving criminal networks used against private as well as government intellectual property.

  2. Lindsey Graham:

    To my Israeli friends, I understand you have a problem in Syria, I’ve been one of your biggest champions, but what I hope the world will do is speak with one voice that Putin is a war criminal, he’s no longer a legitimate leader, and it’s time for us to get him gone, it would be better to have a Russian leader that wouldn’t marry up with Iran and Syria to begin with. This is the best chance in 20 years to take this guy out. The Russian people are the vehicle to do it.

  3. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland:

    The Justice Department remains committed to using every available federal tool — including criminal, civil, and administrative actions — to combat and prevent COVID-19 related fraud, we will continue to hold accountable those who seek to exploit the pandemic for personal gain, to protect vulnerable populations and to safeguard the integrity of taxpayer-funded programs.

  4. Alan Dershowitz:

    Purely non-criminal conduct such as abuse of power and obstruction of Congress are outside the range of impeachable offenses.

  5. Jakob Witten:

    No Monsanto sites in Europe have so far been the victim of fires of criminal origin, this is unprecedented violence.

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