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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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  • On the next morning I walked with you towards Bath; again I insisted on its criminality.

  • The criminality of the hysterical is always connected with the sexual functions.

    Criminal Man Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
  • The statistics of the Courts reveal a mass of criminality as shocking as it is surprising.

    A Civil Servant in Burma Herbert Thirkel White
  • Homicide forms 91% of the criminality of this group of offenders.

    Criminal Man Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
  • And, for all that she shrank from him and his criminality with horror, she was obliged to acknowledge—oh, how bitterly!

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
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).

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