- a person guilty or convicted of a crime.
Origin of criminal
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Examples from the Web for quasi-criminal
And was not the same imperfect social system partly responsible for the quasi-criminal attitude which had been forced upon him?The Price
The Sigurimi was the shadowy, quasi-criminal state security apparatus.After the Rain
The members of the Council who had conducted the previous examinations were directed to sit as a quasi-criminal Court.Sir Walter Ralegh
- 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 punishmentcriminal court; criminal lawyer
- informal senseless or deplorablea criminal waste of money
Word Origin and History for quasi-criminal
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.
1620s, from criminal (adj.).