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culprit

noun [C] uk   /ˈkʌl.prɪt/ us  
someone who has done something wrong: Police hope the public will help them to find the culprits. a fact or situation that is the reason for something bad happening: Children in this country are getting much too fat, and sugar and sweets are the main culprits.
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