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[krim-uh-nuh s] /ˈkrɪm ə nəs/
adjective, Archaic.
Origin of criminous
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Old French crimineux < Medieval Latin, Latin crīminōsus, equivalent to crīmin- (stem of crīmen; see crime) + -ōsus -ous Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Each tells that blood tells, in that his selection of criminous groove will be governed largely by his instinctive predilections.

    Criminal Types V. M. Masten
  • First, there are frequent records of criminous clerks handed over to the bishop, in the ordinary routine, by the lay justices.

    Chaucer and His England G. G. Coulton
  • On the most burning question, that of criminous clerks, he offered a compromise.

  • My natal Huck, retrograde in the tenth, gives an untrustworthy, criminous person.

    Conquest Over Time Michael Shaara

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