- a person guilty or convicted of a crime.
Origin of criminal
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Examples from the Web for criminal
The judges who handle arraignments at criminal court in all five boroughs have a small fraction of their usual caseloads.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
But most likely it was linked to the way priests identify with the poor in the face of government and criminal abuses.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
Like any service for hire, it is extremely important for the traffickers to provide a reputable service, criminal as it is.Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 6, 2015
Having a criminal record can reduce the likelihood of getting a callback or job offer by 50 percent.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
“There is nothing whatsoever in the video which supports the charges—it shows no criminal activity,” Bakir said.Sisi Is Persecuting, Prosecuting, and Publicly Shaming Egypt’s Gays
December 30, 2014
Wastefulness, profligacy, or favoritism in public expenditures is criminal.
If we concede to the criminal the right to a further chance we concede it to ourselves.The Conquest of Fear
She had been reared in a criminal family, which must excuse much.
It demanded that she be the criminal it had branded her—if she were to live at all.
Would it be so criminal when it all tends to what is honourable—marriage?The Imaginary Invalid
- a person charged with and convicted of crime
- a person who commits crimes for a living
- of, involving, or guilty of crime
- (prenominal) of or relating to crime or its punishmentcriminal court; criminal lawyer
- informal senseless or deplorablea criminal waste of money
Word Origin and History for criminal
early 15c., from Middle French criminel (11c.), from Latin criminalis "pertaining to crime," from crimen (genitive criminis); see crime. Preserves the Latin -n-. Criminal law (or criminal justice) distinguished from civil in English at least since late 15c.
1620s, from criminal (adj.).