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crime

noun [C/U]  /krɑɪm/ us  
an action or activity that is against the law, or illegal activity generally: [U] Violent crime has been reduced. [C] It’s a crime to yell "fire" in a crowded theater if there isn’t one. [C] If you commit a crime, you will be punished. People say something is a crime if it is wrong: [C usually sing] It’s a crime that people go to bed hungry in this country.
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