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- n. A crime
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- n. (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act
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He erred most grievously, however, when he made it a criminal offence for any priest to exercise his ministry without due authorization from the civil power, and "silenced" every bishop who refused to comply with the new legislation.