Criminal



[krim-uh-nl] /ˈkrɪm ə nl/

adjective
1.
of the nature of or involving .
2.
guilty of .
3.
Law. of or relating to or its punishment:
a criminal proceeding.
4.
senseless; foolish:
It’s criminal to waste so much good food.
5.
exorbitant; grossly overpriced:
They charge absolutely criminal prices.
noun
6.
a person guilty or convicted of a .
/ˈkrɪmɪnəl/
noun
1.
a person charged with and convicted of crime
2.
a person who commits crimes for a living
adjective
3.
of, involving, or guilty of crime
4.
(prenominal) of or relating to crime or its punishment: criminal court, criminal lawyer
5.
(informal) senseless or deplorable: a criminal waste of money
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.
n.

1620s, from criminal (adj.).

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