See also law; punishment; theft.
the act of abetting or inciting another to commit a crime. —abettor, abetter
the condition of having two spouses simultaneously. —bigamist
the practice of smuggling. —contrabandist
a person who practices or advocates corruption, especially in politics or public life.
the scientific study of crime and criminals. —criminologist
. —criminologic, criminological
unauthorized appropriation of money; embezzlement.
the sum embezzled.
, the act of stealing or embezzling.
the process of wrongfully or unlawfully dispossessing a person of his rightful real property.
the crime of attempting to influence or suborn a judge or jury by bribery, threats, etc.
a person who practices the crime of extortion or the obtaining of money by threat of violence. Also extortioner
fleeing from justice, as by a criminal.
the world of gangs or organized crime.
petty dishonesty or fraud. —knave
, n. —knavish
wrongdoing or improper or dishonest conduct, especially by a person who holds public office or a position of trust. Cf. misfeasance
fraudulent behavior, extortion, or corruption by a person who holds public office or a position of trust.
. an intentional crippling, disfigurement, or mutilation of another.
criminal action or behavior; wrong- or evil-doing. —miscreant
, n., adj
a form of wrongdoing, especially the doing of something lawful in an unlawful way so that the rights of others are infringed. Cf. malfeasance
improper conduct or neglectful behavior, especially by a person who holds public office.
the practice of being a police spy. —mouchard
the state or condition of regretting crimes or offenses and being willing to atone for them. —penitent
, n., adj
the science of the punishment of crime.
the science of the management of prisons. —penologist
the condition of having more than two spouses simultaneously. —polygamist
a repeated relapsing into criminal or delinquent behavior. —recidivist
, n. —recidivistic, recidivous
. roguish or criminal behavior or action; conduct deserving of hanging.
a detailed description of a person for purposes of identification by police.
underhanded, dishonest, or deceptive behavior or actions.
the condition of having three spouses simultaneously. —trigamous
the actions of an Irish secret society (circa 1832) whose members committed murders and other crimes. —Whitefoot