noun, plural crim·i·nal·i·ties for 2.

the state of being criminal.
a criminal act or practice.

Nearby words

  1. criminal psychology,
  2. criminal records bureau,
  3. criminal syndicalism,
  4. criminalist,
  5. criminalistics,
  6. criminalize,
  7. criminally,
  8. criminate,
  9. criminative,
  10. crimini

Origin of criminality

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

Related formsnon·crim·i·nal·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for criminality


noun plural -ties

the state or quality of being criminal
(often plural) rare a criminal act or practice
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Word Origin and History for criminality



1610s, from French criminalité, from Medieval Latin criminalitas, from Latin criminalis (see criminal).

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