an action or an instance of negligence that is deemed injurious to the public welfare or morals or to the interests of the state and that is legally prohibited.
activity and those engaged in it:
to fight crime.
the habitual or frequent commission of crimes:
a life of crime.
any offense, serious wrongdoing, or sin.
a foolish, senseless, or shameful act:
It’s a crime to let that beautiful garden go to ruin.
Elected mayor on the strength of an anticrime platform, Edward I. Koch had just taken office.
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an act or omission prohibited and punished by law
unlawful acts in general: a wave of crime
(as modifier): crime wave
an evil act
(informal) something to be regretted: it is a crime that he died young
mid-13c., “sinfulness,” from Old French crimne (12c., Modern French crime), from Latin crimen (genitive criminis) “charge, indictment, accusation; crime, fault, offense,” perhaps from cernere “to decide, to sift” (see crisis). But Klein (citing Brugmann) rejects this and suggests *cri-men, which originally would have been “cry of distress” (Tucker also suggests a root in “cry” words and refers to English plaint, plaintiff, etc.). Meaning “offense punishable by law” is from late 14c. The Latin word is glossed in Old English by facen, also “deceit, fraud, treachery.” Crime wave first attested 1893, American English.
Usually, antics. a playful trick or prank; caper. a grotesque, fantastic, or ludicrous gesture, act, or posture. Archaic. an actor in a grotesque or ridiculous presentation. a buffoon; clown. Obsolete. a grotesque theatrical presentation; ridiculous interlude. a grotesque or fantastic sculptured figure, as a gargoyle. ludicrous; funny. fantastic; odd; grotesque: an antic disposition. Obsolete. to […]
the quality in a person or society that arises from a concern for what is regarded as excellent in arts, letters, manners, scholarly pursuits, etc. that which is excellent in the arts, manners, etc. a particular form or stage of civilization, as that of a certain nation or period: Greek culture. development or improvement of […]
not conforming to or following a cycle: anticyclical sales that rise when the economy fades.
- Antidazzle mirror
noun a rear-view mirror for road vehicles that only partially reflects headlights behind