Crime Definition

krīm
crimes
noun
crimes
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.
Webster's New World
Unlawful activity.
Statistics relating to violent crime.
American Heritage
An offense against morality; sin.
Webster's New World
Criminal acts, collectively.
Webster's New World
Something regrettable or deplorable; shame.
It's a crime you didn't finish school.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
kindnessgood deed
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Other Word Forms of Crime

Noun

Singular:
crime
Plural:
crimes

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

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