- an action or an instance of negligence that is deemed injurious to the public welfare or morals or to the interests of the state and that is legally prohibited.
- criminal activity and those engaged in it: to fight crime.
- the habitual or frequent commission of crimes: a life of crime.
- any offense, serious wrongdoing, or sin.
- a foolish, senseless, or shameful act: It's a crime to let that beautiful garden go to ruin.
Origin of crime
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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
December 30, 2014
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.
The gayety of a light-hearted maiden is often unmixed with boldness, or crime.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He was therefore condemned, and perished on the scaffold for the crime.
It is a crime which, if persisted in, will destroy the Government itself.
There is crime to be conquered, the rough crime of the streets.
To have disregarded it would have been a crime from which his soul shrank.Viviette
William J. Locke
- an act or omission prohibited and punished by law
- unlawful acts in generala wave of crime
- (as modifier)crime wave
- an evil act
- informal something to be regrettedit is a crime that he died young
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.