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"criminal" in British English

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criminalnoun [C]

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

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criminaladjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈkrɪm.ɪ.nəl/  us   /ˈkrɪm.ə.nəl/
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.ə.ti/  us   /ˌkrɪm.əˈnæl.ə.t̬i/
criminally
adverb uk   /ˈkrɪm.ɪ.nəl.i/  us   /ˈkrɪm.ə.nəl.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 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]  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 found guilty 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)
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