American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An act committed or omitted in violation of a law forbidding or commanding it and for which punishment is imposed upon conviction.
- n. Unlawful activity: statistics relating to violent crime.
- n. A serious offense, especially one in violation of morality.
- n. An unjust, senseless, or disgraceful act or condition: It's a crime to squander our country's natural resources.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An act or omission which the law punishes in the name and on behalf of the state, whether because expressly forbidden by statute or because so injurious to the public as to require punishment on grounds of public policy; an offense punishable by law. In its general sense “it includes every offense, from the highest to the lowest in the grade of offenses, and includes what are called misdemeanors as well as treason and felony” (Taney). The latter are commonly called
high crimes. Violations of municipal regulations are not generally spoken of as crimes.
- n. Any great wickedness or wrong-doing; iniquity; wrong.
- n. Synonyms Wrong, Sin, Crime, Vice, Iniquity, Transgression, Trespass, Delinquency. (See offense.) Wrong is the opposite of right; a wrong is an infringement of the rights of another. Sin is wrong viewed as infraction of the laws of God. Crime is the breaking of the laws of man, specifically of laws forbidding things that are mischievous to individuals or to society, as theft, forgery, murder. Vice is a matter of habit in doing that which is low and degrading. Iniquity is great wrong. Transgression is an act of “stepping across,” as trespass is an act of “passing across,” the boundary of private rights, legal requirements, or general right. Delinquency is failure to comply with the demands of the law or of duty. See criminal.
- n. countable A specific act committed in violation of the law.
- n. uncountable The practice or habit of committing crimes.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Any violation of law, either divine or human; an omission of a duty commanded, or the commission of an act forbidden by law.
- n. Gross violation of human law, in distinction from a misdemeanor or trespass, or other slight offense. Hence, also, any aggravated offense against morality or the public welfare; any outrage or great wrong.
- n. Any great wickedness or sin; iniquity.
- n. obsolete That which occasion crime.
- n. (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act
- n. an evil act not necessarily punishable by law
- From Latin crimen from cernere. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin crīmen; see krei- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It would be a crime -- a _crime_ to marry him," the heart-broken girl sobbed, when she reached the privacy of her own room.”
“Not one single case of serious crime has been brought to my notice -- indeed, nothing that deserves the name of _crime_.”
“It would be a crime -- a _crime_ -- to marry him," she said, with”
“It is like a sort of blind patience when you come to that -- they make excuses even for Uncle Robert, to whom they have paid rent all these years for a cottage which is a crime -- yes, a _crime_!”
“Minor incidents still concern. capriceo0116 RT@DrWayneWDyer Say a private prayer today for every person you read or hear about who's a victim of a violent crime no matter how distant qutequte PPl who ate a sweet everyday r 10times more likely 2b convicted of a violent #crime by age 34.”
“At least let me do the crime if u gunna punish me 4 it lol innov8ive ~crime~ 4yr old hijack victim was bought chips & yogi sip by criminals before they dropped him safely at the police station ...”
“(AP) traderbob @Hillbillybarbie well then arrests should be made because it seems like a crime to me. lecrab DNA backlog still plagues HPD crime lab - Houston Chronicle lecrab Man Arrested After Threatening to Shoot His iPhone at an Apple Store [Crime] lecrab Wayne County news briefs: Nearly 80 arrested in Detroit crime sweep - Detroit Free Press mcgeneral #crime Flu cases prompt jails to restrict visits:”
“(Fairhaven WA) gabilovesjb S.ream just like thee females in the crowd - joe jonas (dont charge me for the crime) svcrime #crime U.S. Marshals operation nets more than 35,000 arrests nationwide: The U.S.”
“So what’s made me particularly happy is when writers and readers of crime have praised it as a good *crime* novel, specifically.”
“Because the Bible in its catalogue of human actions, does not stamp on every crime its name and number, and write against it, _this is a crime_ -- does that wash out its guilt, and bleach into a virtue?]”
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