- An example of a culprit is someone who was responsible for robbing a bank.
- An example of a culprit is a paper jam that is responsible for a printer not printing.
The culprit is defined as the person who is responsible for something, or is the thing that is causing a bad outcome.
- a person guilty of a crime or offense; offender
- Archaic a person accused of a crime, esp. by arraignment before a law court
- anything or anyone regarded as the cause of some problem, misfortune, etc.
Origin of culprit; from Anglo-French cul. prit, contr. for phrase culpable, prit (a averer nostre bille), literally , guilty, ready (to prove our case): words used by prosecutor in opening case ; from culpable (see culpable) + prit, for Old French prest ; from Late Latin praestus, ready
- One charged with an offense or crime.
- One guilty of a fault or crime.
Origin of culpritProbably from cul. prit, abbreviation for Anglo-Norman *culpable: prit d'averrer nostre bille, guilty: (I am) ready to aver our indictment : culpable, guilty (from Latin culpabilis; see culpable) + *prit, ready (variant of prest, from Latin praest&omacron;; see presto).
- mea culpa