- an act or omission prohibited and punished by law
- unlawful acts in general
- an evil act
- informal something to be regretted
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
- [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.