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criminal

[ krim-uh-nl ]
/ ˈkrɪm ə nl /
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adjective

of the nature of or involving crime.
guilty of crime.
Law. of or relating to crime or its punishment: a criminal proceeding.
senseless; foolish: It's criminal to waste so much good food.
exorbitant; grossly overpriced: They charge absolutely criminal prices.

noun

a person guilty or convicted of a crime.

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Origin of criminal

1350–1400; Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin crīminālis, equivalent to Latin crīmin- (stem of crīmen;see crime) + -ālis-al1

synonym study for criminal

1. See illegal.

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British Dictionary definitions for criminal

criminal
/ (ˈkrɪmɪnəl) /

noun

a person charged with and convicted of crime
a person who commits crimes for a living

adjective

of, involving, or guilty of crime
(prenominal) of or relating to crime or its punishmentcriminal court; criminal lawyer
informal senseless or deplorablea criminal waste of money

Derived forms of criminal

criminally, adverb

Word Origin for criminal

C15: from Late Latin crīminālis; see crime, -al 1
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