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English definition of “criminal”

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
(Definition of criminal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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