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Other Criminal Definition

[n] someone who has committed (or been legally convicted of) a crime
[adj] guilty of crime or serious offense; "criminal in the sight of God and man"
[adj] involving or being or having the nature of a crime; "a criminal offense"; "criminal abuse"; "felonious intent"
[adj] bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure; "a criminal waste of talent"; "a deplorable act of violence"; "adultery is as reprehensible for a husband as for a wife"
[adj] relating to crime or its punishment; "criminal court"

Misc. Definitions

\Crim"i*nal\ (kr?m"?-nal), a. [L. criminalis, fr. crimen: cf. F. criminel. See {Crime}.]
1. Guilty of crime or sin. The neglect of any of the relative duties renders us criminal in the sight of God. --Rogers.
2. Involving a crime; of the nature of a crime; -- said of an act or of conduct; as, criminal carelessness. Foppish and fantastic ornaments are only indications of vice, not criminal in themselves. --Addison.
3. Relating to crime; -- opposed to civil; as, the criminal code. The officers and servants of the crown, violating the personal liberty, or other right of the subject . . . were in some cases liable to criminal process. --Hallam. {Criminal action} (Law), an action or suit instituted to secure conviction and punishment for a crime. {Criminal conversation} (Law), unlawful intercourse with a married woman; adultery; -- usually abbreviated, crim. con. {Criminal law}, the law which relates to crimes.
\Crim"i*nal\, n. One who has commited a crime; especially, one who is found guilty by verdict, confession, or proof; a malefactor; a felon.

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