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criminal

adjective  /ˈkrɪm·ə·nəl/ us  
involving or having the character of a crime: She may face criminal charges for lying to a grand jury. He had an extensive criminal record (= an official record of having committed many crimes). The way she blames other people for her own mistakes is criminal (= wrong).
criminally
adverb [not gradable]  /ˈkrɪm·ə·nəl·i/ us  
Parents can be held criminally responsible for their children’s actions.

criminal

noun [C]  /ˈkrɪm·ə·nəl/ us  
a person who has committed a crime or been found guilty of committing a crime
Translations of “criminal”
in Korean 범죄자…
in Arabic مُجرِم…
in Portuguese criminoso, -a…
in Catalan delinqüent…
in Japanese 犯罪人…
in Italian criminale, delinquente…
in Chinese (Traditional) 罪犯…
in Russian преступный, уголовный, безобразный…
in Turkish suça ait, suç unsuru taşıyan, ahlaken yanlış olan…
in Chinese (Simplified) 罪犯…
in Polish przestępczy, kryminalny, karygodny…
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