criminalnoun [ C ]uk /ˈkrɪm.ɪ.nəl/ us /ˈkrɪm.ə.nəl/
- Today's problem child may be tomorrow's criminal.
- The police officer told the criminal that he had the right to remain silent.
- If you spend any time in prison, you're labelled as a criminal for the rest of your life.
- Many of the country's toughest criminals are held in this prison.
- Many people argue that allowing a criminal to go free is better that imprisoning an innocent person.
criminaladjective [ before noun ]uk /ˈkrɪm.ɪ.nəl/ us /ˈkrɪm.ə.nəl/
a criminal investigation
- To this day she remains impenitent about her criminal past.
- When the authorities inquired into his background, they found he had a criminal record.
- Researchers have just completed the largest-ever survey of criminal behaviour in the UK.
- She has strenuously denied any criminal wrongdoing.
- The 19-year-old will be appearing in court on Thursday where she will face criminal charges.
noun [ U ] uk /ˌkrɪm.ɪˈnæl.ə.ti/ us /ˌkrɪm.əˈnæl.ə.t̬i/
adverb uk /ˈkrɪm.ɪ.nəl.i/ us /ˈkrɪm.ə.nəl.i/