Synonyms Word Origin 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. Origin of criminal 1350–1400; Middle English
Late Latin crīminālis,
-ālis -al 1 Related forms 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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British Dictionary definitions for noncriminal 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 Derived Forms criminally, adverb Word Origin for criminal
C15: from Late Latin
crīminālis; see crime, -al 1
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Word Origin and History for noncriminal criminal adj.
early 15c., from Middle French
criminel (11c.), from Latin criminalis "pertaining to crime," from crimen (genitive criminis); see crime. Preserves the Latin -n-. Criminal law (or criminal justice) distinguished from civil in English at least since late 15c.
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