Definitions of crime

  1. an evil act not necessarily punishable by law; " crimes of the heart"
  2. an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; " a long record of crimes"
  3. ( criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; " a long record of crimes"
  4. Any violation of law, either divine or human; an omission of a duty commanded, or the commission of an act forbidden by law.
  5. Gross violation of human law, in distinction from a misdemeanor or trespass, or other slight offense. Hence, also, any aggravated offense against morality or the public welfare; any outrage or great wrong.
  6. Any great wickedness or sin; iniquity.
  7. That which occasion crime.
  8. A type of behavior that is has been defined by the state, as deserving of punishment which usually includes imprisonment. Crimes and their punishments are defined by Congress and state legislatures.
  9. A violation of the criminal law, i. e., a breach of the conduct code specifically sanctioned by the state, which through its administrative agencies prosecutes offenders and imposes and administers punishments. The concept includes unacceptable actions whether prosecuted or going unpunished.
  10. The breaking of the law; an offense against morality or the public welfare; wrongdoing.
  11. A violation of law: offence: sin.
  12. A wicked violation of law.
  13. An act punishable by law; sin; any grave offense.
  14. An act in violation of law; a gross violation; any great wickedness or wrong. Capital crime, a crime punishable with death.
  15. A violation or breaking of some human or divine law; a serious fault; iniquity.

Usage examples for crime

  1. " What is our crime – The Case of Richard Meynell by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  2. " It is no crime Captain Ellerey- rather a romance. – Princess Maritza by Percy Brebner
  3. Well, I will have nothing to do with such a crime – Ayesha The Further History of She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed by H. Rider Haggard
  4. That does not look like accident, but crime – The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katharine Green
  5. Yes; he called it a crime – The White Wolf and Other Fireside Tales by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  6. I meant to say that monsieur had never left the inn last night; he could have had no hand in the crime – Helmet of Navarre by Bertha Runkle
  7. He wants to fix a crime on me! – The Truants by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  8. Peter felt that he had done something very wrong, although he hadn't the least idea of his crime so he turned the conversation. – Fortitude by Hugh Walpole
  9. The less punishment, the less crime – The Soul of Man by Oscar Wilde
  10. As the stage- coach runs along through old Narragansett, it comes to another scene of crime of horrible crime and horrible punishment- that of hanging in chains. – Stage-coach and Tavern Days by Alice Morse Earle
  11. But speak to me no more of that; for I shall say nothing of the cause or crime except to those who are informed of it." – Four Arthurian Romances "Erec et Enide", "Cliges", "Yvain", and "Lancelot" by Chretien DeTroyes
  12. There was his crime what was to be his punishment? – The Adventure of the Devil's Foot by Arthur Conan Doyle
  13. They declared that they knew nothing whatever of the crime and to show that they were not responsible they offered three young girls to Champlain to be educated. – The Makers of Canada: Champlain by N. E. Dionne
  14. If all I have been told be true, and Warren be the man, he shall bitterly pay for his crime – The White Squaw by Mayne Reid
  15. It would be a crime not to. – Senator North by Gertrude Atherton
  16. His head remained lowered even when he rose, so heavy is the weight of crime even at the moment when nothing but triumph is expected. – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete by Duc de Saint-Simon
  17. It would have been a crime to have hidden it. – No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins
  18. Blackmail's a crime you know, Edwards. – The Million-Dollar Suitcase by Alice MacGowan Perry Newberry
  19. Can you suspect Miss Van Allen of this crime – Vicky Van by Carolyn Wells
  20. It ain't a- a crime if you got maybe somebody else on your mind. – Gaslight Sonatas by Fannie Hurst