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"culprit" in British English

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culpritnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkʌl.prɪt/
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 ​badhappening: Children in this ​country are getting much too ​fat, and ​sugar and ​sweets are the ​main culprits.
(Definition of culprit from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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culpritnoun [C]

 us   /ˈkʌl·prɪt/
someone who has ​committed a ​crime or done something ​wrong: Two ​eyewitnessesidentified her as the culprit. A culprit is also anything that ​causesharm or ​trouble: The culprit was ​identified as a ​microorganism that ​contaminatedmayonnaise.
(Definition of culprit from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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