- When a person steals something or commits murder, this is an example of crime.
- Polluting the water, even if it is not illegal to do so, is an example of a crime; a crime against nature.
- an act committed in violation of a law prohibiting it, or omitted in violation of a law ordering it; often, specif., such an act of a serious nature, as a felony: crimes are variously punishable by death, imprisonment, or the imposition of certain fines or restrictions: the range of crime includes felonies and misdemeanors, but not petty violations of local ordinances
- an offense against morality; sin
- criminal acts, collectively
- Informal something regrettable or deplorable; shame: it's a crime you didn't finish school
Origin of crimeOld French ; from Classical Latin crimen, verdict, object of reproach, offense, probably ; from Indo-European an unverified form (s)krei- (from source scream), extension of base an unverified form ker-: see raven
- An act committed in violation of law where the consequence of conviction by a court is punishment, especially where the punishment is a serious one such as imprisonment.
- Unlawful activity: statistics relating to violent crime.
- A serious offense, especially one in violation of morality.
- An unjust, senseless, or disgraceful act or condition: It's a crime to waste all that paper.
Origin of crimeMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin cr&imacron;men; see krei- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural crimes)
- Adjectives often applied to "crime": organized, brutal, terrible, horrible, heinous, horrendous, hideous, financial, sexual, international.
crime - Legal Definition
- Under common law, any one of the crimes that were considered particularly dishonorable and the punishment for which included ineligibility to hold public office, to serve on a jury, or to testify at a civil or criminal trial. These crimes included treason, any felony, forgery, and perjury, among other offenses.
- Any crime punishable by death or by imprisonment of more than one year. See also punishment.
- An offense that was not a crime under the common law, but has been made a crime by a statute.
- Broadly, any crime that is defined by a statute. See also common-law crime.