Definition of Criminal

1. Noun. Someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime.

2. Adjective. Bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure. "Adultery is as reprehensible for a husband as for a wife"
Exact synonyms: Condemnable, Deplorable, Reprehensible, Vicious
Similar to: Wrong
Derivative terms: Reprehend, Reprehensibility

3. Adjective. Guilty of crime or serious offense. "Criminal in the sight of God and man"
Similar to: Guilty
Derivative terms: Criminality, Criminalness

4. Adjective. Involving or being or having the nature of a crime. "Felonious intent"
Exact synonyms: Felonious
Similar to: Illegal
Derivative terms: Crime, Crime, Criminalness, Felony

Definition of Criminal

1. a. Guilty of crime or sin.

2. n. One who has commited a crime; especially, one who is found guilty by verdict, confession, or proof; a malefactor; a felon.

Definition of Criminal

1. Adjective. Being against the law; forbidden by law. ¹

2. Adjective. Guilty of breaking the law. ¹

3. Adjective. Of or relating to crime. ¹

4. Adjective. (figuratively) Abhorrent or very undesirable, even if allowed by law. ¹

5. Adjective. Of or relating to crime control, notably penal law. ¹

6. Noun. A person who is guilty of a crime, notably breaking the law. ¹

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Definition of Criminal

1. one who has committed a crime [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Criminal

crimes against humanity
criminal (current term)
criminal abortion
criminal anthropology
criminal congress
criminal contempt
criminal conversation
criminal court
criminal hygiene
criminal insanity
criminal law
criminal laws
criminal lawyer
criminal negligence

Literary usage of Criminal

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by Anna Lorraine Guthrie, Marion A. Knight, H.W. Wilson Company, Estella E. Painter (1920)
"Dublin R 161:179-98 О '17 criminal anthropology. Kee Crime and criminals; criminal psychology criminal Insane. See Insanity and crime criminal law Die ..."

2. The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind by Gustave Le Bon (1896)
"CROWDS TERMED criminal CROWDS. Crowds termed criminal crowds—A crowd may be legally yet not psychologically criminal—The absolute unconsciousness of the ..."

3. Annual Report by Correctional Association of New York (1870)
"The reformation of the criminal himself. We ought to aim at this, ... It is but just that society should seek to redress the wrong and restore the criminal. ..."

4. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero, Ernest Alfred Benians (1906)
"criminal Procedure and Penal Law As in civil, so in criminal procedure, ... The salient features of the older criminal procedure, as first tabulated in 1539 ..."

5. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1886)
"criminal anthropology is being much studied elsewhere than in the Anglo-Saxon ... The criminal, the pauper, and the insane are the prey of unclean beasts of ..."

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