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Definition of "criminal" []

  • Of, involving, or having the nature of crime: criminal abuse. (adjective)
  • Relating to the administration of penal law. (adjective)
  • Guilty of crime. (adjective)
  • Characteristic of a criminal. (adjective)
  • Shameful; disgraceful: a criminal waste of talent. (adjective)
  • A person charged with and convicted of crime (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A person who commits crimes for a living (noun)
  • Of, involving, or guilty of crime (adjective)
  • Of or relating to crime or its punishment (adjective)
  • Senseless or deplorable (adjective)

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Use "criminal" in a sentence
  • "#criminal raybeckerman @wtk1 @OTOOLEFAN We trust our laws to balance (a) punishment of criminal acts w (b) protection of US citizens rights."
  • "Lucien, suppose you were a great criminal, I don't mean the ordinary clever scoundrel who succeeds for a time and is finally caught, but a _really great criminal_, the kind that appears once or twice, in a century, a man with immense power and intelligence. ""
  • "These were not just mistakes, and that is why I use the term criminal mujahideen."