Definition of “criminal” - English Dictionary

“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 /ˈkrɪmɪnəl/ us LAW

a person who commits a crime:

a convicted criminal.

criminaladjective

uk /ˈkrɪmɪnəl/ us LAW

relating to crime, or to the laws, etc. that deal with crime:

a criminal act/offence
a criminal investigation

(Definition of “criminal” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)