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.
a person guilty or convicted of a crime.
- crim·i·nal·ly, adverb
- non·crim·i·nal, adjective, noun
- non·crim·i·nal·ly, adverb
- qua·si-crim·i·nal, adjective
- qua·si-crim·i·nal·ly, adverb
- sub·crim·i·nal, adjective
- sub·crim·i·nal·ly, adverb
- su·per·crim·i·nal, adjective, noun
- su·per·crim·i·nal·ly, adverb
- un·crim·i·nal, adjective
- un·crim·i·nal·ly, adverb
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How to use criminal in a sentence
The mayor wants to change that — by ensuring tickets go to the Superior Court’s traffic and minor offense division rather than the criminal division, where there’s been a backlog of cases and the burden of proof is higher.Despite Crackdown Announcement, Not Much COVID-19 Enforcement Is Happening | Jesse Marx | February 11, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
It is still illegal to use marijuana under federal law, but nearly a third of all states have eased the criminal consequences for its recreational use.South Dakota voters said yes to legalizing marijuana. But a judge ruled it’s unconstitutional. | Teo Armus | February 9, 2021 | Washington Post
Many thieves use the same flatbed trucks and forklifts to steal hives that apiaries use to transport them—leading to the inescapable conclusion that the criminals looking to make a quick buck are often insiders.Bee theft is almost a perfect crime—but there’s a new sheriff in town | Andrew Zaleski | February 9, 2021 | Popular-Science
The letter also notes under Maryland’s current criminal law, discovery of a spouse having sex with another person is similarly “inadequate provocation” for violence.Md. Senate committee holds hearing on bill to ban panic defense | Philip Van Slooten | February 8, 2021 | Washington Blade
“It can potentially lead to corruption,” said Giuseppe Fazari, professor of criminal justice at Seton Hall University.How the Police Bank Millions Through Their Union Contracts | by Andrew Ford, Asbury Park Press, and Agnes Chang, Jeff Kao and Agnel Philip, ProPublica | February 8, 2021 | ProPublica
The judges who handle arraignments at criminal court in all five boroughs have a small fraction of their usual caseloads.
But most likely it was linked to the way priests identify with the poor in the face of government and criminal abuses.
Like any service for hire, it is extremely important for the traffickers to provide a reputable service, criminal as it is.
There was the empathetic way she dealt with the revelation that Mrs. Baxter is a former criminal.‘Downton Abbey’ Review: A Fire, Some Sex, and Sad, Sad Edith | Kevin Fallon | January 5, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Having a criminal record can reduce the likelihood of getting a callback or job offer by 50 percent.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside | Justin Rohrlich | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The policemen looked dull and heavy, as if never again would any one be criminal, and as if they had come to know it.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
There, the criminal, under sentence of death for the worst offences, is suffered to see those near and dear to him.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
The distinction also between civil and criminal law requires explanation.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
When he does this he ceases to be a socialist pure and simple and becomes a criminal as well.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
In short, I shall begin life all over again—as if I were a criminal in disguise instead of the sport of circumstances.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for criminal
a person charged with and convicted of crime
a person who commits crimes for a living
of, involving, or guilty of crime
(prenominal) of or relating to crime or its punishment: criminal court; criminal lawyer
informal senseless or deplorable: a criminal waste of money
- criminally, adverb
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