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[krim-uh-nal-i-tee] /ˌkrɪm əˈnæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural criminalities for 2.
the state of being criminal.
a criminal act or practice.
Origin of criminality
1605-15; < Medieval Latin crīminālitās. See criminal, -ity
Related forms
noncriminality, noun Unabridged
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  • Everything else must be banned with the threat of criminality.
  • The studies have also highlighted body reactions that are signs of this pattern and are tied to criminality.
  • But these problems are of a different order to the one of suspected criminality at the top.
  • Indeed, honest failure is even more corrosive of trust than outright criminality.
  • criminality is on the increase, as ordinary police have been slow to return to the streets.
  • Many left-leaning voters are fed up with the party's soft approach, which often excuses criminality.
  • It confuses common and organized criminality with human rights offenses.
  • The theory of lifestyle criminality is presented in a series of postulates.
  • The onset of delinquency and its relevance to criminality in the life course were studied.
British Dictionary definitions for criminality


noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being criminal
(often pl) (rare) a criminal act or practice
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Word Origin and History for criminality

1610s, from French criminalité, from Medieval Latin criminalitas, from Latin criminalis (see criminal).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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