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Synonyms of criminal in English:


  • she struck up a friendship with a convicted criminal
    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 Japan yakuza
    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
    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
    senseless, foolish, ridiculous, outrageous, monstrous, shocking, scandalous;
    wicked, sinful, immoral, iniquitous
    rare egregious
    [Antonyms] commendable
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    criminology study of crime and criminals
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