Criminal meaning

krĭmə-nəl
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A criminal is defined as a person who has done something illegal.

An example of a criminal is a bank robber.

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The definition of criminal is someone or something related to the commission of a crime.

An example of criminal is an activity where money is stolen.

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Relating to the administration of penal law.
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Of, involving, or having the nature of crime.

Criminal abuse.

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Having the nature of crime; being a crime.
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A person guilty of, or legally convicted of, a crime.
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One who has been convicted of one or more crimes in the past and, as a result, is subject to a more severe sentence under the habitual offender statute of a state for any subsequent crime that they commit. Also called habitual offender. See also career criminal and three-strikes law.
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Shameful; disgraceful.

A criminal waste of talent.

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One that has committed or been legally convicted of a crime.
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Guilty of crime.
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(informal) Regrettable or deplorable.
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One who has committed a crime.
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One who has been convicted of a crime.
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Constituting, implying, or involving a crime or an element of a crime.
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Pertaining to some aspect of the penal code or its administration.
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One who repeatedly commits crimes, especially of the same type. See also habitual criminal.
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Being against the law; forbidden by law.
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Guilty of breaking the law.
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Of or relating to crime or penal law.

His long criminal record suggests that he is a dangerous man.

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(figuratively) Abhorrent or very undesirable, even if allowed by law.

Printing such asinine opinions without rebuttal is criminal, even when not libel!

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A person who is guilty of a crime, notably breaking the law.
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Origin of criminal

  • Middle English from Old French criminel from Late Latin crīminālis from Latin crīmen crīmin- accusation crime

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

  • From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman criminal, from Late Latin criminalis, from Latin crimen (“crime”)

    From Wiktionary