- 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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- Law an action considered harmful to the public good and legally prohibited:[countable]He had committed several crimes: murder, burglary, and rape.
- the activity of such wrongdoing, or those performing it:[uncountable]a new program to fight crime in the city; the head of organized crime.
- any serious wrongdoing:[countable]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.
- Lawan action or an instance of negligence that is deemed injurious to the public welfare or morals or to the interests of the state and that is legally prohibited.
- criminal activity and those engaged in it:to fight crime.
- the habitual or frequent commission of crimes:a life of crime.
- any offense, serious wrongdoing, or sin.
- a foolish, senseless, or shameful act:It's a crime to let that beautiful garden go to ruin.
- Latin crīmin- (stem of crīmen) charge, crime
- Anglo-French, Old French
- Middle English 1200–50
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged wrong;
misdemeanor, tort, felony.
- 1, 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Crime, offense, sin agree in meaning a breaking of law. Crime usually means any serious violation of human laws:the crime of treason or robbery.Offense is used of an infraction of either human or divine law, and does not necessarily mean a serious one:an offense leading to a jail sentence; an offense against morals.Sin means a breaking of moral or divine law:the sins of greed and lust.