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[ krim-uh-nal-i-tee ]


, plural crim·i·nal·i·ties
  1. the state of being criminal.
  2. a criminal act or practice.

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  • noncrim·i·nali·ty noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of criminality1

From the Medieval Latin word crīminālitās, dating back to 1605–15. See criminal, -ity

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Example Sentences

Those emails included a heavy dose of redacted sections — one such section itself prompted Carlson’s speculation about criminality — but included enough Lego pieces for Carlson to build what he wanted to build.

“We have a Justice Department that deals with police criminality and does not excuse it nor allow police to act as though what they do is acceptable behavior in the line of duty,” Sharpton said.

This is in no small part because of the tight hold that brain images have on our imagination of the mechanisms structuring human behavior, especially stigmatized dispositions like mental illness and criminality.

She allows the reader to reach conclusions about the state of policing, how race and class intersect with criminality, and whether the tools of policing address the needs of citizens.

Their inclusion here is not intended to associate the protected activity with criminality or a threat to national security, or to infer that such protected activity itself violates federal law.

Liu and Rafael were there to protect against the common criminality Otero mentioned.

It also provides the cultural foundation for the legal criminality of the “War on Drugs.”

Yes, a president needs courage to stand up to corruption and criminality in his own country.

We want the morality of a situation to match the criminality.

They came from the poor suburban neighborhoods around Paris and Toulouse in France and had backgrounds of petty criminality.

The criminality of concealing dangers that threatened many to protect one was comprehended.

He was a capitalist; he would remain one, as long as a sleepily tolerant public opinion permitted this criminality in its midst.

If on the subject of falsehood, we would impress our pupils with the fact that the degree does not affect criminality.

His true criminality now and throughout is to be gathered from the testimony of Henry Howard in the year following.

The country at length began to awaken to a sense of the criminality of those laws which it had imposed upon an inoffensive people.


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