from The Century Dictionary.

  • Involving or guilty of crime; criminal; wicked.

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

  • adjective obsolete Criminal; involving great crime or grave charges; very wicked; heinous.

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

  • adjective archaic criminal


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  • Mystery magazines don't qualify as part of the official Liberal Media, however, and when writing about criminous film and television it's impossible to overlook JAG -- or its colorful creator.


  • Also available are such shows as _Dragnet, Richard Diamond, The Shadow, _and _Suspense, _ along with a large selection of non-criminous comedy and drama.

    The Devil's Bedpost

  • The opening situation (a mobster's bodyguard misunderstands his instructions and puts a battered but living victim in the wrong sort of trunk) suggests a Westlakian criminous farce, and the final suspense situation might have appealed to Woolrich or Hitchcock, but Fast finally resembles none of these, bringing his own humorously optimistic and romantic world-view to the proceedings.


  • Last month he previewed the winter crop of criminous flicks.


  • Donald E. Westlake's _God Save the Mark_ (Forge, $24.95 hardcover, $14.95 trade paper), chosen and introduced by series editor Otto Penzler, is a splendid early example of his unique brand of criminous comedy

    The Body Ricardo

  • This collection includes all Brackett's 'criminous musings' as the compiler puts it.

    Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror: No Good From A Corpse - Leigh Brackett

  • This time it's "Brothel Justice," a criminous SF tale by Sandra Seamans.

    Archive 2009-01-18

  • And, with any luck, the United Way won't put your funds toward criminous purposes (they went through a run of annual scandals over the last little stretch).

    CrimeSpot's Christmas Charity Drive

  • If you visit our Web site -- www. -- you'll see we've added another title by John Lange to our site: ZERO COOL, whose cover features model and stage actress Meredith Napolitano enjoying some suitably criminous beach reading while an ominous shadow bears down on her.

    Archive 2007-06-03

  • Borkman a prominent example of the ninteenth century type of criminous speculator, in whom the vastness of view and the splendidly altruistic audacity present themselves as elements which render it exceedingly difficult to say how far the malefactor is morally responsible for his crime.

    Henrik Ibsen


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  • Vulgarity fits, that's de minimis,

    But let's not be bashful or timorous:

    Each twitter enlarges

    The bill of our charges -

    The goblin and crew I call criminous.

    September 25, 2017