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crime meaning

EN[kɹaɪm] [-aɪm]
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  • In ordinary language, the term crime denotes an unlawful act punishable by a state.
  • The notion that acts such as murder, rape and theft are to be prohibited exists worldwide. What precisely is a criminal offence is defined by criminal law of each country.
  • The state (government) has the power to severely restrict one's liberty for committing a crime. In modern societies, there are procedures to which investigations and trials must adhere.
  • Usually, to be classified as a crime, the "act of doing something criminal" (actus reus) must – with certain exceptions – be accompanied by the "intention to do something criminal" (mens rea).
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    Definition of crime in English Dictionary

  • NounPLcrimes
    1. NC A specific act committed in violation of the law.
      1. NU The practice or habit of committing crimes.
        1. Crime doesn’t pay.
      2. NU criminal acts collectively.
        1. Any great wickedness or sin; iniquity.
          1. OBS That which occasions crime.
          2. VerbSGcrimesPRcrimingPT, PPcrimed
            1. (nonstandard, rare) To commit crime(s).
            2. More Examples
              1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
                • The crimes which had disgraced the stormy tribuneship of Shaftesbury had been fearfully expiated.
                • The mayor wil be answering for his crimes for many years.
                • The government's measures to tackle crime were insufficient.
              2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
                • Unemployment has been considered a cause of crime.
                • The "war on terror" is a campaign against terrorist crime.
                • There are certain states where it is lawful to execute prisoners convicted of certain crimes.
            • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
              1. Nouns
                • Countable nouns
                  • Singularia tantum
                    • Uncountable nouns
                  • Verbs
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                  1. fr crime
                  2. en crimes
                  3. fr crimes
                  4. en crimen
                  5. en crimeful
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                  Grammatically, this word "crime" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun and a singularia tantum. It's also a verb.
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