Definition of criminal:
- 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"
- relating to crime or its punishment; " criminal court"
- someone who has committed ( or been legally convicted of) a crime
- guilty of crime or serious offense; " criminal in the sight of God and man"
- involving or being or having the nature of a crime; " a criminal offense"; " criminal abuse"; " felonious intent"
- Guilty of crime or sin.
- Involving a crime; of the nature of a crime; -- said of an act or of conduct; as, criminal carelessness.
- Relating to crime; -- opposed to civil; as, the criminal code.
- One who has commited a crime; especially, one who is found guilty by verdict, confession, or proof; a malefactor; a felon.
Common misspellings for criminal:
- crimanal (16%)
- crimnal (12%)
- crimminal (8%)
- crimial (6%)
- crimal (5%)
- ciminal (5%)
- criminial (5%)
- crminal (5%)
- crimianl (4%)
- crinimal (3%)
Examples of usage for criminal:
Every criminal act is illegal or unlawful, but illegal or unlawful acts may not be criminal. Offenses against public law are criminal; offenses against private rights are merely illegal or unlawful. As a general rule, all acts punishable by fine or imprisonment or both, are criminal in view of the law. It is illegal for a man to trespass on another's land, but it is not criminal; the trespasser is liable to a civil suit for damages, but not to indictment, fine, or imprisonment. A felonious act is a criminal act of an aggravated kind, which is punishable by imprisonment in the penitentiary or by death. A flagitious crime is one that brings public odium. Vicious refers to the indulgence of evil appetites, habits, or passions; vicious acts are not necessarily criminal, or even illegal; we speak of a vicious horse. That which is iniquitous, i. e., contrary to equity, may sometimes be done under the forms of law. Ingratitude is sinful, hypocrisy is wicked, but neither is punishable by human law; hence, neither is criminal or illegal. Compare SIN.