Verbrechen

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See also: verbrechen

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

17th century, nominalised infinitive of verbrechen (now in limited use), from Middle High German verbrechen (to breach, violate). Equivalent to ver- +‎ brechen (to break).

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  • IPA(key): /fərˈbrɛçən/, /fɛr-/, [fɐˈbʁɛçn̩], [fɛɐ̯-], [-çən]
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Verbrechen n (genitive Verbrechens, plural Verbrechen)

  1. (countable, law, technical) a felony; severe criminal offence
    Synonym: schwere Straftat
  2. (countable, common use often) a crime; any criminal offence
    Synonym: Straftat
  3. (uncountable, common use) crime (illegal activity as such, at large; criminals collectively)
    Synonyms: Kriminalität, Verbrechertum

Usage notes[edit]

  • In Germany, Verbrechen is defined as a criminal offence punishable by a minimum penalty of at least one year in prison.
  • In Austria and Switzerland, it is defined as a criminal offence punishable by a maximum penalty of at least three years in prison.

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