WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
crime /kraɪm/USA pronunciation
Law[countable] an action considered harmful to the public good and legally prohibited:He had committed several crimes: murder, burglary, and rape.
[uncountable] the activity of such wrongdoing, or those performing it:a new program to fight crime in the city; the head of organized crime.
[countable] any serious wrongdoing:crimes against humanity.
[countable] a foolish act or practice: It's a crime to let that beautiful garden go to ruin.
crime, offense, sin agree in referring to a breaking of law. crime usually refers to any serious breaking of a public law: the crime of treason. offense is used of a less serious violation of a public law, or of a violation of a social or moral rule: a traffic offense;
an offense against propriety. sin means a breaking of a moral or divine law: the sin of envy.
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crime /kraɪm/ n
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French, from Latin crīmen verdict, accusation, crime
- an act or omission prohibited and punished by law
- unlawful acts in general
- an evil act
- informal something to be regretted
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