Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The state, quality, or fact of being criminal.
  • noun A criminal practice or act.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality or state of being criminal; that which constitutes a crime; guiltiness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being criminal; that which constitutes a crime; guiltiness; guilt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The state of being criminal.
  • noun countable A criminal act.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the state of being a criminal

Etymologies

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Latin criminalitas, from Latin criminalis. See criminal.

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