culprit

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From Anglo-Norman cul prit, contraction of Culpable: prest (d'averrer nostre bille) (guilty, ready (to prove our case)), words used by prosecutor in opening a trial, mistaken in English for an address to the defendant. See culpable.

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culprit (plural culprits)

  1. The person or thing at fault for a problem or crime.
    I tightened the loose bolt that was the culprit; it should work now.
    • 2012 June 9, Owen Phillips, “Euro 2012: Netherlands 0-1 Denmark”, BBC Sport:
      But the Dutch dominated only to waste numerous efforts, with Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie the main culprits.

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