crimen injuria

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin crīmen (crime) + ablative form of iniūria (injury).

Noun[edit]

crimen injuria

  1. (law, chiefly South Africa) In Roman-Dutch law, the unlawful and intentional impairment of someone's dignity (covering road rage, stalking, and various kinds of abuse). [from 20th c.]
    • 2012, Nadine Gordimer, No Time Like the Present, Bloomsbury 2013, p. 288:
      The four students about whom headlines of the urination into a pot of stew for blacks went around the world will go on trial—later—in August this year, charged with crimen injuria.