Pronunciation: krīm
n.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.
3.Any great wickedness or sin; iniquity.
No crime was thine, if 'tis no crime to love.
- Pope.
4.That which occasion crime.
The tree of life, the crime of our first father's fall.
- Spenser.
Capital crime
a crime punishable with death.
Noun1.Crimecrime - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
Synonyms: law-breaking
2.crime - an evil act not necessarily punishable by law; "crimes of the heart"

CRIME. A crime is an offence against a public law. This word, in its most general signification, comprehends all offences but, in its limited sense, it is confined to felony. 1 Chitty, Gen. Pr. 14.
     2. The term misdemeanor includes every offence inferior to felony, but punishable by indictment or by particular prescribed proceedings.
     3. The term offence, also, may be considered as, having the same meaning, but is usually, by itself, understood to be a crime not indictable but punishable, summarily, or by the forfeiture of, a penalty. Burn's Just. Misdemeanor.
     4. Crimes are defined and punished by statutes and by the common law. Most common law offences are as well known, and as precisely ascertained, as those which are defined by statutes; yet, from the difficulty of exactly defining and describing every act which ought to be punished, the vital and preserving principle has been adopted, that all immoral acts which tend to the prejudice of the community are punishable by courts of justice. 2 Swift's Dig.
     5. Crimes are mala in se, or bad in themselves; and these include. all offences against the moral law; or they are mala prohibita, bad because prohibited, as being against sound policy; which, unless prohibited, would be innocent or indifferent. Crimes may be classed into such as affect:
     6.-1. Religion and public worship: viz. blasphemy, disturbing public worship.
     7.-2. The sovereign power: treason, misprision of treason.
     8.-3. The current coin: as counterfeiting or impairing it.
     9.-4. Public justice: 1. Bribery of judges or jurors, or receiving the bribe. 2. Perjury. 3. Prison breaking. 4. Rescue. 5. Barratry. 6. Maintenance. 7. Champerty. 8. Compounding felonies. 9. Misprision of felonies. 10. Oppression. 11. Extortion. 12. Suppressing evidence. 13. Negligence or misconduct in inferior officers. 14. Obstructing legal process. 15. Embracery.
    10.-5. Public peace. 1. Challenges to fight a duel. 2. Riots, routs and unlawful assemblies. 3. Affrays. 4. Libels.
    11.-6. Public trade. 1. Cheats. 2. Forestalling. S. Regrating. 4. Engrossing. 5. Monopolies.
    12.-7. Chastity. 1. Sodomy. 2. Adultery. 3. Incest. 4. Bigamy. 5. Fornication.
    13.-8. Decency and morality. 1. Public indecency. 2. Drunkenness. 3. Violating the grave.
    14.-9. Public police and economy. 1. Common nuisances. 2. Keeping disorderly houses and bawdy houses. 3. Idleness, vagrancy, and beggary.
    15.-10. Public. policy. 1. Gambling. 2. Illegal lotteries.
    16.-11. Individuals. 1. Homicide, which is justifiable, excusable or felonious. 2. Mayhem. 3. Rape. 4. Poisoning, with intent to murder. 5. Administering drugs to a woman quick with child to cause, miscarriage. 6. Concealing death of bastard child. 7. Assault and battery, which is either simple or with intent to commit some other crime. 8. kidnapping. 9. False imprisonment. 10. Abduction.
    17.-12. Private property. 1. Burglary. 2. Arson. 3. Robbery. 4., Forgery. Counterfeiting. 6. Larceny. 7. Receiving stolen goods, knowing them to have been stolen, or theft-bote. 8. Malicious mischief.
    18.-13. The public, individuals, or their property, according to the intent of the criminal. 1. Conspiracy.

atrocity, breach, break, crime against humanity, criminal tendency, criminality, criminosis, deadly sin, delict, delinquency, dereliction, enormity, error, evil, evil courses, evildoing, failure, fault, feloniousness, felony, genocide, guilty act, heavy sin, illegality, impropriety, indiscretion, inexpiable sin, infringement, iniquity, injury, injustice, lapse, lawbreaking, lawlessness, malefaction, malfeasance, malpractice, malum, malversation, minor wrong, misconduct, misdeed, misdemeanor, misdoing, misfeasance, misprision, misprision of treason, mortal sin, nonfeasance, omission, outrage, peccadillo, peccancy, positive misprision, sin, sin of commission, sin of omission, sinful act, slip, thou scarlet sin, tort, transgression, trespass, trip, unutterable sin, venial sin, vice, viciousness, violation, wrong, wrong conduct
Translate Crime to Spanish, Translate Crime to German, Translate Crime to French
cricket ball
cricket bat
Cricket bird
cricket equipment
cricket frog
cricket match
cricket-bat willow
-- Crime --
Crime against nature
crime rate
crime syndicate
crime wave
Crimea-Congo hemorrhagic fever
Crimean War
Crimen falsi
Criminal action
criminal congress
criminal contempt
criminal conversation
criminal court
Definitions Index: # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

About this site and copyright information - Online Dictionary Home