[krim-uh-nl] /ˈkrɪm ə nl/
of the nature of or involving .
guilty of .
Law. of or relating to or its punishment:
a criminal proceeding.
It’s criminal to waste so much good food.
exorbitant; grossly overpriced:
They charge absolutely criminal prices.
a person guilty or convicted of a .
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
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.).
- Criminal abortion
criminal abortion crim·i·nal abortion (krĭm’ə-nəl) n. Abortion performed illegally.
noun, Law. 1. an attack by physical force on a person for which the attacker is liable to criminal prosecution. 2. a similar act with intent to commit rape.
noun, Law. 1. the aggregate of statutory enactments pertaining to criminal offenses. 2. a systematic and integrated statement of the rules and principles pertaining to criminal offenses.
noun, Law. 1. any seriously disrespectful act committed against the dignity or authority of a court.