antic-rime

crime

[krahym]
noun
1.
an action or an instance of negligence that is deemed injurious to the public welfare or morals or to the interests of the state and that is legally prohibited.
2.
criminal activity and those engaged in it: to fight crime.
3.
the habitual or frequent commission of crimes: a life of crime.
4.
any offense, serious wrongdoing, or sin.
5.
a foolish, senseless, or shameful act: It's a crime to let that beautiful garden go to ruin.

Origin:
1200–50; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin crīmin- (stem of crīmen) charge, crime

crimeless, adjective
crimelessness, noun
anticrime, adjective
supercrime, noun


1. wrong; misdemeanor, tort, felony. 1, 4. Crime, offense, sin agree in meaning a breaking of law. Crime usually means any serious violation of human laws: the crime of treason or robbery. Offense is used of an infraction of either human or divine law, and does not necessarily mean a serious one: an offense leading to a jail sentence; an offense against morals. Sin means a breaking of moral or divine law: the sins of greed and lust.
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crime (kraɪm)
 
n
1.  an act or omission prohibited and punished by law
2.  a.  unlawful acts in general: a wave of crime
 b.  (as modifier): crime wave
3.  an evil act
4.  informal something to be regretted: it is a crime that he died young
 
[C14: from Old French, from Latin crīmen verdict, accusation, crime]

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crime
mid-13c., from O.Fr. crimne, from L. crimen (gen. criminis) "charge, indictment, offense," from cernere "to decide, to sift" (see crisis). But Klein rejects this and suggests *cri-men, which would originally have been "cry of distress." The L. word is glossed in O.E. by facen,
also "deceit, fraud, treachery." Crime wave first attested 1920 (in headline in the "Times" of London).
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