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[krim-uh-nal-i-tee] /ˌkrɪm əˈnæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural criminalities for 2.
the state of being criminal.
a criminal act or practice.
Origin of criminality
From the Medieval Latin word crīminālitās, dating back to 1605-15. See criminal, -ity
Related forms
noncriminality, noun Unabridged
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  • Weigh in the scales his criminality and the suffering he has undergone.

  • The criminality of the hysterical is always connected with the sexual functions.

    Criminal Man Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
  • Homicide forms 91% of the criminality of this group of offenders.

    Criminal Man Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
  • criminality, again, is associated with feeble-mindedness in the most intimate way.

  • He fancies that he is thus safeguarded against his own criminality.

    Napoleon the Little Victor Hugo
British Dictionary definitions for criminality


noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being criminal
(often pl) (rare) a criminal act or practice
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for criminality

1610s, from French criminalité, from Medieval Latin criminalitas, from Latin criminalis (see criminal).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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