Origin of crime
Examples from the Web for crime
Denied parole nine straight times, he insists he is innocent of the crime for which he was convicted.
The “nature of the crime” was too serious to release him, they said.
He added that Norse has good relations with the FBI and has consulted with them on other crime cases.FBI Won’t Stop Blaming North Korea for Sony Hack -- Despite New Evidence|Shane Harris|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In Turkey, crime groups in border areas are exploiting the labor of Syrian male refugees who cannot find legitimate employment.
Human trafficking was once a crime associated primarily with a range of small to large crime groups.
She was not exactly disappointed, although it robbed the crime of one of its most dramatic elements—ingratitude.The Old Flute-Player|Edward Marshall and Charles T. Dazey
From the moment when informed by Mrs. Coppersley of the crime until the inquest, Bella suffered greatly.The Solitary Farm|Fergus Hume
The wound was in the thigh of the chief, and it now broke out afresh, as if in punishment for the crime he had committed.Deerfoot in The Mountains|Edward S. Ellis
The petit bleu did not arrive until after the crime was discovered, so the room remained empty.Through the Wall|Cleveland Moffett
He lays the head down before them all and confesses his crime, with all the circumstances relating to it.Romances of Old Japan|Yei Theodora Ozaki
British Dictionary definitions for crime
- unlawful acts in generala wave of crime
- (as modifier)crime wave
Word Origin for crime
Word Origin and History for crime
mid-13c., "sinfulness," from Old French crimne (12c., Modern French crime), from Latin crimen (genitive criminis) "charge, indictment, accusation; crime, fault, offense," perhaps from cernere "to decide, to sift" (see crisis). But Klein (citing Brugmann) rejects this and suggests *cri-men, which originally would have been "cry of distress" (Tucker also suggests a root in "cry" words and refers to English plaint, plaintiff, etc.). Meaning "offense punishable by law" is from late 14c. The Latin word is glossed in Old English by facen, also "deceit, fraud, treachery." Crime wave first attested 1893, American English.