Crime meaning

krīm
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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.
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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.
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Unlawful activity.

Statistics relating to violent crime.

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The definition of crime is illegal or immoral activities.

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.

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An unjust, senseless, or disgraceful act or condition.

It's a crime to waste all that paper.

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Criminal acts, collectively.
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Something regrettable or deplorable; shame.

It's a crime you didn't finish school.

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(countable) A specific act committed in violation of the law.
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(uncountable) The practice or habit of committing crimes.

Crime doesn’t pay.

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(uncountable) Criminal acts collectively.
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Any great wickedness or sin; iniquity.
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A serious offense, especially one in violation of morality.
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An offense against morality; sin.
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Origin of crime

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin crīmen krei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French crimne (French crime), from Latin crimen.

    From Wiktionary