crime passionnel

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French crime passionnel.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌkɹiːmˌpasjəˈnɛl/

Noun[edit]

crime passionnel (plural crimes passionnels)

  1. A crime of passion, especially a murder committed from motives of jealousy. [from 19th c.]
    • 2000, JG Ballard, Super-Cannes, Fourth Estate 2011, p. 50:
      If, as she hinted, Dr Serrou had spent the night with Bachelet, the inexplicable brainstorm might have stemmed from a crime passionel.
    • 2013, Nick Richardson, "Internet-Enabled", London Review of Books, vol. 35, no. 8:
      Stalking, a kind of crime passionnel, confuses our sympathies: how do you feel about someone who loves you but wants to ‘ruin’ you; who massages your ego as she damages your career [...]?

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kʁim.pa.sjɔ.nɛl/

Noun[edit]

crime passionnel m (plural crimes passionnels)

  1. crime of passion, crime passionnel