crime

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From Old French crimne (French crime), from Latin crimen.

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crime (countable and uncountable, plural crimes)

  1. (countable) A specific act committed in violation of the law.
  2. (uncountable) The practice or habit of committing crimes.
    Crime doesn’t pay.
  3. (uncountable) criminal acts collectively.
  4. Any great wickedness or sin; iniquity.
    • Alexander Pope
      No crime was thine, if 'tis no crime to love.
  5. (obsolete) That which occasions crime.
    • Spenser
      the tree of life, the crime of our first father's fall

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  • Adjectives often applied to "crime": organized, brutal, terrible, horrible, heinous, horrendous, hideous, financial, sexual, international.

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crime (third-person singular simple present crimes, present participle criming, simple past and past participle crimed)

  1. (nonstandard, rare) To commit crime(s).
    • 1987, Robert Sampson, Yesterday's Faces: From the Dark Side (ISBN 0879723637), page 61:
      If, during the 1920s, the master criminal was a gamester, criming for self expression, during the 1930s he performed in other ways for other purposes.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin crīmen.

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crime m (plural crimes)

  1. crime (10 years and more according to law)
    Le crime ne paie pas.
  2. murder, homicide

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French crime, from Latin crīmen.

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crime m (plural crimes)

  1. crime
    O ladrão cometeu um crime horrível.
    The thief committed a terrible crime.

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For usage examples of this term, see Citations:crime.