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Meaning of “criminal” in the English Dictionary

"criminal" in British English

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criminalnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkrɪm.ɪ.nəl/
B1 someone who ​commits a ​crime: a ​dangerous/​violent criminal

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criminaladjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈkrɪm.ɪ.nəl/
B2 relating to ​crime: criminal ​activity a criminal ​act/​offence criminal ​behaviour a criminal ​investigation very ​bad or ​morallywrong: It's criminal tocharge 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   us   /-i/
(Definition of criminal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"criminal" in American English

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criminaladjective

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

criminalnoun [C]

 us   /ˈkrɪm·ə·nəl/
a ​person who has ​committed a ​crime or been ​foundguilty of ​committing a ​crime
(Definition of criminal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"criminal" in Business English

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criminalnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkrɪmɪnəl/ LAW
a ​person who ​commits a ​crime: a convicted criminal.

criminaladjective

uk   us   /ˈkrɪmɪnəl/ LAW
relating to ​crime, or to the ​laws, etc. that ​deal with ​crime: criminal ​activity/​behaviour a criminal ​act/​offence a criminal ​investigation
(Definition of criminal from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “criminal”
in Arabic مُجرِم…
in Korean 범죄자…
in Portuguese criminoso, -a…
in Catalan delinqüent…
in Japanese 犯罪人…
in Chinese (Simplified) 罪犯…
in Turkish suça ait, suç unsuru taşıyan, ahlaken yanlış olan…
in Russian преступный, уголовный, безобразный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 罪犯…
in Italian criminale, delinquente…
in Polish przestępczy, kryminalny, karygodny…
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