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criminality

[krim-uh-nal-i-tee]
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noun, plural crim·i·nal·i·ties for 2.
  1. the state of being criminal.
  2. a criminal act or practice.
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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
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  • Weigh in the scales his criminality and the suffering he has undergone.

  • The criminality of the hysterical is always connected with the sexual functions.

    Criminal Man

    Gina Lombroso-Ferrero

  • Homicide forms 91% of the criminality of this group of offenders.

    Criminal Man

    Gina Lombroso-Ferrero

  • Criminality, again, is associated with feeble-mindedness in the most intimate way.

  • He fancies that he is thus safeguarded against his own criminality.


British Dictionary definitions for criminality

criminality

noun plural -ties
  1. the state or quality of being criminal
  2. (often plural) rare a criminal act or practice
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Word Origin and History for criminality

n.

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

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