Origin of crime
synonym study for crime
OTHER WORDS FROM crimecrimeless, adjectivecrime·less·ness, nounan·ti·crime, adjectivesu·per·crime, noun
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What is a crime?
A crime is an act or instance that is considered to be against the morals or laws of society, as in Burglary and grand theft auto are crimes.
A crime can also mean illegal activity in general or a frequent committing of such activity, as in The superhero was dedicated to fighting crime.
Crime can also mean a repeated or frequent performing of illegal acts, as in The mobsters lived a life of crime.
And crime can be used more generally to refer to any offense or sin, as in The man swore his neighbor would pay for his crime of letting his dogs waltz through his yard.
Informally, crime can be used to mean a regrettable thing, as in It is a crime that the musician died so young.
The word criminal can be used to mean both a person who commits crime as well as an adjective for things related to crime.
Example: Publishing someone’s words as your own is a crime.
Where does crime come from?
The first records of crime come from around 1200. It ultimately comes from the Latin crīmin-, a stem of crīmen, which means “charge” or “crime.” Crime was as much a problem for the ancient Romans as it is for us today.
Crime exists in every society and probably goes back to primitive humans. It is almost always the job of a justice system to prevent crime or punish those responsible for it. Today, in many societies people who commit crimes are fined, imprisoned, or given even harsher punishments.
There is a lot of debate about the best way to handle crime. In popular culture, it’s common to depict societies that have no crime, such as through the use of technology or harsh methods.
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What are some other forms related to crime?
- crimeless (adjective)
- crimelessness (noun)
- anticrime (adjective)
- supercrime (noun)
What are some synonyms for crime?
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How is crime used in real life?
While the vast majority of people are against crime, people often disagree on what should or shouldn’t be considered a crime.
If you win the Powerball now you pretty much have an obligation to become a superhero. Batman, Iron Man, doesn't matter, fight crime
— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) January 10, 2016
Birmingham-based @ErdingtonRugby crowned Gallacher Rugby Club of the Season. Praised for using rugby to prevent crime and as a tool to offer hot meals to kids who would not otherwise get them.
— Alex Spink (@alexspinkmirror) October 9, 2020
It should be a crime to charge people $1700 a month to rent, with a $600 pet deposit per pet, and a monthly pet fee of $50 per pet.
— Bex 🌈 (@BEXasaurusrexx) October 11, 2020
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How to use crime in a sentence
Facial recognition, cameras that were set up throughout cities to monitor crime.Podcast: COVID-19 is helping turn Brazil into a surveillance state|Anthony Green|September 16, 2020|MIT Technology Review
She could also qualify for a legal status known as a U visa, which is intended for immigrant victims of crime.ICE Deported a Woman Who Accused Guards of Sexual Assault While the Feds Were Still Investigating the Incident|by Lomi Kriel|September 15, 2020|ProPublica
Most crimes committed by documented gang members are crimes of poverty.While We’re Rethinking Policing, It’s Time to End Gang Injunctions|Jamie Wilson|September 15, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Those results will now be uploaded to an FBI database to be cross-referenced from results from other crimes to potentially identify perpetrators.Morning Report: Downtown Jail Outbreak Goes From Bad to Worse|Voice of San Diego|September 11, 2020|Voice of San Diego
In 2020 as in 1998, Disney’s Mulan is a tomboy who disgracefully fails her matchmaker’s marriage test, and in this version, too, Mulan’s deception is a capital crime.The history of Mulan, from a 6th-century ballad to the live-action Disney movie|Constance Grady|September 4, 2020|Vox
Did he denounce the involvement of organized crime in the abduction and disappearance of 43 students in the nearby city of Iguala?
But they say its effect on the regular daily operation of organized crime has been negligible.
The anti-crime cops began searching the likely path of flight.
Which is impossible unless people talk publicly rather than letting each crime be its own isolated incident.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism|Arthur Chu|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Denied parole nine straight times, he insists he is innocent of the crime for which he was convicted.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He was thrashed at school before the Jews and the hubshi, for the heinous crime of bringing home false reports of progress.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
At that moment the crime and inefficacy of bloodshed, in avenging injuries like his, or any injuries, struck upon his soul.
He knew that the whole fabric of crime was due to the human reading of His "revelation" to man.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
Humanity must bench with justice; or punishment itself becomes crime, and degenerates into revenge.
It is therefore true that the field of crime is not fixed, is in truth always changing.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles
British Dictionary definitions for crime
- unlawful acts in generala wave of crime
- (as modifier)crime wave