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Meaning of CRIME

Pronunciation:  krIm

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
  2. [n]  an evil act not necessarily punishable by law; "crimes of the heart"

CRIME is a 5 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: law-breaking
 See Also: attack, attempt, capital offense, commission, committal, evildoing, felony, forgery, fraud, high treason, highjack, hijack, infraction, infringement, lese majesty, mayhem, misdemeanor, misdemeanour, offence, offense, perpetration, regulatory offence, regulatory offense, statutory offence, statutory offense, thuggery, transgression, treason, vice crime, victimless crime, violation, war crime



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Crime\ (kr[imac]m), n.[F. crime, fr. L. crimen judicial
decision, that which is subjected to such a decision, charge,
fault, crime, fr. the root of cernere to decide judicially.
See {Certain}.]
1. Any violation of law, either divine or human; an omission
   of a duty commanded, or the commission of an act forbidden
   by law.

2. 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. ``To part
   error from crime.'' --Tennyson.

Note: Crimes, in the English common law, are grave offenses
      which were originally capitally punished (murder, rape,
      robbery, arson, burglary, and larceny), as
      distinguished from misdemeanors, which are offenses of
      a lighter grade. See {Misdemeanors}.

3. Any great wickedness or sin; iniquity.

         No crime was thine, if 'tis no crime to love.

4. That which occasion crime. [Obs.]

         The tree of life, the crime of our first father's
         fall.                                 --Spenser.

{Capital crime}, a crime punishable with death.

Syn: Sin; vice; iniquity; wrong.

Usage: {Crime}, {Sin},{Vice}. Sin is the generic term,
       embracing wickedness of every kind, but specifically
       denoting an offense as committed against God. Crime is
       strictly a violation of law either human or divine;
       but in present usage the term is commonly applied to
       actions contrary to the laws of the State. Vice is
       more distinctively that which springs from the
       inordinate indulgence of the natural appetites, which
       are in themselves innocent. Thus intemperance,
       unchastity, duplicity, etc., are vices; while murder,
       forgery, etc., which spring from the indulgence of
       selfish passions, are crimes.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you or someone commits a crime, represents feelings of guilt and shame. Your inner fears are hindering your growth and progress.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: An act in violation of the penal laws of a state or the United States. A positive or negative act in violation of penal law.
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