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criminal

noun [C] uk   /ˈkrɪm.ɪ.nəl/ us  
B1 someone who commits a crime: a dangerous/violent criminal
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criminal

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈkrɪm.ɪ.nəl/ us  
B2 relating to crime: criminal activity a criminal act/offence criminal behaviour a criminal investigation very bad or morally wrong: It's criminal to charge so much for a book. The way we waste this planet's resources is criminal.
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criminality
noun [U] uk   /ˌkrɪm.ɪˈnæl.ɪ.ti/ us    /-ə.t̬i/
criminally
adverb uk   /-i/ us  
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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