criminal

[ krim-uh-nl ]
/ ˈkrɪm ə nl /

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 < Anglo-French < Late Latin crīminālis, equivalent to Latin crīmin- (stem of crīmen; see crime) + -ālis -al1

SYNONYMS FOR criminal

6 malefactor, evildoer, transgressor, culprit, felon, crook, hoodlum, gangster.

OTHER WORDS FROM criminal

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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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