One who has commited a crime; especially, one who is found guilty by verdict, confession, or proof; a malefactor; a felon.
Relating to crime; -- opposed to civil; as, the criminal code.
Involving a crime; of the nature of a crime; -- said of an act or of conduct; as, criminal carelessness.
Guilty of crime or sin.
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\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.
\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.
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.
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.
action (law), an action or suit instituted to secure conviction and punishment for a crime.
conversation (law), unlawful intercourse with a married woman; adultery; -- usually abbreviated, crim. con.
law, the law which relates to crimes.
1. relating to crime or its punishment; "criminal court"
2. 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" [syn: condemnable, deplorable, reprehensible]
3. guilty of crime or serious offense; "criminal in the sight of god and man"
4. involving or being or having the nature of a crime; "a criminal offense"; "criminal abuse"; "felonious intent" [syn: felonious]
n : someone who has committed (or been legally convicted of) a crime [syn: felon, crook, outlaw, malefactor]