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From Middle English cryme, crime, from Old French crime, crimne, from Latin crīmen. Displaced native Old English firen.
crime (countable and uncountable, plural crimes)
- (countable) A specific act committed in violation of the law.
- (countable) Any great sin or wickedness; iniquity.
- 1687 (date written), Alexander Pope, “Ode for Musick on St. Cecilia’s Day”, in The Works of Mr. Alexander Pope, volume I, London: […] W[illiam] Bowyer, for Bernard Lintot, […], →OCLC, canto VI, page 376:
- No crime was thine, if 'tis no crime to love.
- (countable, obsolete) That which occasions crime.
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, “Book I, Canto IX”, in The Faerie Queene. […], London: […] [John Wolfe] for William Ponsonbie, →OCLC, stanza 46:
- the tree of life, the crime of our first father's fall
- (uncountable) Criminal acts collectively.
- Synonyms: criminality, delinquency
- (uncountable) The habit or practice of committing crimes.
- Crime doesn’t pay.
- capital crime
- consensual crime
- crime buster
- crime car
- crime doesn't pay
- crime fighter
- crime-free, crimefree
- crime index
- crime lord
- crime mapping
- crime passionel
- crime rate
- crime-ridden, crimeridden
- crime scene
- crime science
- crime scientist
- crime wave
- criminal law
- criminal record
- decriminalisation, decriminalization
- decriminalise, decriminalize
- he who said the rhyme did the crime
- knife crime
- no crime
- organizational crime
- partner in crime
- perfect crime
- recriminalisation, recriminalization
- recriminalise, recriminalize
- stranger crime
- street crime
- tough on crime
- true crime
- victimless crime
- white-collar crime
- youth crime
- organized crime
- brutal crime
- terrible crime
- horrible crime
- heinous crime
- horrendous crime
- hideous crime
- financial crime
- sexual crime
- international crime
specific act committed in violation of the law
practice or habit of committing crimes
collective criminal acts
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crime (third-person singular simple present crimes, present participle criming, simple past and past participle crimed)
- (UK, military, transitive) To subject to disciplinary punishment.
- 1846, John Mercier McMullen, Camp and Barrack-room, Or, The British Army as it is, page 298:
- Nevertheless, in the course of a few days he is again intoxicated, creates disturbance in his quarters, is confined by his sergeant, crimed, and brought before the commanding officer […]
- (nonce word) To commit crime.
- 1987, Robert Sampson, Yesterday's Faces: From the Dark Side, →ISBN, 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.
- administrative infraction (less serious violation of the law)
crime m (plural crímenes)
Inherited from Old French crimne, borrowed from Latin crīmen, from Proto-Italic *kreimen, from Proto-Indo-European *kréymn̥, from *krey- (“sieve”) + *-mn̥.
crime m (plural crimes)
- a category of severe infractions within French law, with the strongest of penalties; a felony. (10 years and more according to law)
- Le meurtre, la trahison, ces sont les crimes punissable par la loi d'une peine lourde.
- “crime”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
crime m (plural crimi)
- crime in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana
- Alternative form of cryme
Borrowed from French crime, from Latin crīmen.
- Hyphenation: cri‧me
crime m (plural crimes)
- O ladrão cometeu um crime horrível.
- The thief committed a terrible crime.
For quotations using this term, see Citations:crime.
- ^ “crime” in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa.
- ^ “crime” in Dicionário infopédia da Língua Portuguesa. Porto: Porto Editora, 2003–2023.
- inflection of crimă:
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