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English definition of “culprit”

culprit

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈkʌlprɪt/
PERSON someone who has done something wrong: If caught, the culprit could face up to five years in jail.Miscellaneous criminalsGuilty
THING something that is responsible for a bad situation: In many of these illnesses, stress is the main culprit.Reasons and explanations
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