Definition of criminal in English Dictionary

  • NounPLcriminalsSUF-inal
    1. A person who is guilty of a crime, notably breaking the law.
      1. ‘[…] There's every Staffordshire crime-piece ever made in this cabinet, and that's unique. The Van Hoyer Museum in New York hasn't that very rare second version of Maria Marten's Red Barn over there, nor the little Frederick George Manning—he was the criminal Dickens saw hanged on the roof of the gaol in Horsemonger Lane, by the way—’
  • AdjectiveCOMmore criminalSUPmost criminal
    1. Being against the law; forbidden by law.
      1. Guilty of breaking the law.
        1. Of or relating to crime or penal law.
          1. (figuratively) Abhorrent or very undesirable, even if allowed by law.
            1. Printing such asinine opinions without rebuttal is criminal, even when not libel!
        2. More Examples
          1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
            • Let's suppose we live in Ameritopia, where only the cops investigate child abuse on a criminal charge standard...sort of the dreamworld I've seen suggested here.
            • For a nervous twenty-four hours, three wanted criminals were at large in the city.
            • His electoral "campaign" to date has included attempts to trump up criminal charges against his opponents.
          2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
            • ... with side-handed or expanding batons, so as to provide police officers with better protection against assaults by criminals.
            • The police said they would wring the truth out of that heinous criminal.
            • The police ran across the bridge to catch the criminal.
        • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
          1. Adjectives
            • Nouns
              • Countable nouns
            Related Links:
            1. en criminals
            2. en criminally
            3. en criminalish
            4. fr criminalisé
            5. en criminalize
            Source: Wiktionary
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            Meaning of criminal for the defined word.

            Grammatically, this word "criminal" is an adjective. It's also a noun, more specifically, a countable noun.
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            Definiteness: Level 9
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