Synonyms of criminal in English:

criminal

noun

  • she struck up a friendship with a convicted criminal
    lawbreaker, offender, villain, delinquent, malefactor, culprit, wrongdoer, transgressor, sinner; young offender, juvenile delinquent; felon, thief, robber, armed robber, burglar, housebreaker, shoplifter, mugger, rapist, fraudster, swindler, racketeer, gunman, gangster, outlaw, bandit, terrorist, bioterrorist, narcoterrorist, ecoterrorist, cyberterrorist, agroterrorist; in Japanyakuza
    informal crook, con, jailbird, (old) lag, lifer, baddy
    North American informal yardbird, yegg
    Australian informal crim
    South African informal lighty
    West Indian informal tief
    British rhyming slang tea leaf
    informal , dated cracksman
    Lawmalfeasant, misfeasor, infractor
    archaic miscreant, trespasser, trusty, transport
  • adjective

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  • 1 they were found guilty of criminal conduct
    [Antonyms] lawful
  • 2 informal closing the railway would be criminal folly
    deplorable, preposterous, shameful, reprehensible, disgraceful, inexcusable, unforgivable, unpardonable, unacceptable; senseless, foolish, ridiculous, outrageous, monstrous, shocking, scandalous; wicked, sinful, immoral, iniquitous
    rare egregious
    [Antonyms] commendable
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