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"culprit" in British English

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culpritnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkʌl.prɪt/ us /ˈkʌl.prɪt/

(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 eyewitnesses identified her as the culprit.

A culprit is also anything that causes harm or trouble:

The culprit was identified as a microorganism that contaminated mayonnaise.

(Definition of “culprit” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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