Definitions for: Criminal


[n] someone who has committed (or been legally convicted of) a crime
[adj] guilty of crime or serious offense; "criminal in the sight of God and man"
[adj] involving or being or having the nature of a crime; "a criminal offense"; "criminal abuse"; "felonious intent"
[adj] bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure; "a criminal waste of talent"; "a deplorable act of violence"; "adultery is as reprehensible for a husband as for a wife"
[adj] relating to crime or its punishment; "criminal court"



Webster (1913) Definition: Crim"i*nal (kr?m"?-nal), a. [L. criminalis, fr.
crimen: cf. F. criminel. See Crime.]
1. Guilty of crime or sin.

The neglect of any of the relative duties renders us
criminal in the sight of God. --Rogers.

2. Involving a crime; of the nature of a crime; -- said of an
act or of conduct; as, criminal carelessness.

Foppish and fantastic ornaments are only indications
of vice, not criminal in themselves. --Addison.

3. Relating to crime; -- opposed to civil; as, the criminal
code.

The officers and servants of the crown, violating
the personal liberty, or other right of the subject
. . . were in some cases liable to criminal process.
--Hallam.

Criminal action (Law), an action or suit instituted to
secure conviction and punishment for a crime.

Criminal conversation (Law), unlawful intercourse with a
married woman; adultery; -- usually abbreviated, crim.
con.

Criminal law, the law which relates to crimes.


Crim"i*nal, n.
One who has commited a crime; especially, one who is found
guilty by verdict, confession, or proof; a malefactor; a
felon.

Synonyms: condemnable, crook, deplorable, felon, felonious, guilty, illegal, malefactor, outlaw, reprehensible, wrong

See Also: abductor, accessary, accessory, arsonist, Billie the Kid, blackmailer, Bonney, bootlegger, briber, coconspirator, conspirator, contrabandist, desperado, desperate criminal, drug dealer, drug peddler, drug trafficker, extortioner, extortionist, firebug, fugitive, fugitive from justice, gangster, gangster's moll, goon, gun moll, habitual criminal, highbinder, highjacker, hijacker, hood, hoodlum, incendiary, James, Jesse James, kidnapper, law offender, lawbreaker, liquidator, MacGregor, machinator, mafioso, manslayer, mobster, moll, mooncurser, moonshiner, murderer, offender, parolee, peddler, plotter, probationer, punk, pusher, racketeer, raper, rapist, recidivist, repeater, Rob Roy, Robert MacGregor, runner, scofflaw, smuggler, snatcher, stealer, strong-armer, suborner, thief, thug, tough, toughie, traitor, treasonist, violator, William H. Bonney, wrongdoer

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