- 1An action or omission that constitutes an offense that may be prosecuted by the state and is punishable by law: shoplifting was a serious crimeMore example sentences
- Logic is turned upside down and instead of being punished for their crimes of omission they reap their due reward.
- He said the order had turned the offence of being drunk and disorderly into a crime punishable by up to five years in prison.
- One cannot just walk away from the scene of the crime without admitting wrongdoing.
- 1.1Illegal activities: the victims of crimeMore example sentences
- What of course everyone agrees with is that drug dealing and organised crime should be illegal.
- Crimes such as vandalism, car crime and burglary are an everyday occurrence in Swindon.
- And surely you agree that crime and illegal immigration are getting out of hand.
- 1.2An action or activity that, although not illegal, is considered to be evil, shameful, or wrong: they condemned apartheid as a crime against humanity it’s a crime to keep a creature like Willy in a tankMore example sentences
- Any activity that takes away these rights is a crime against nature and humanity.
- To undermine football as happens in certain countries is a deception and a crime against society.
- As I said it was a crime against humanity so that is what he deserved and that is what the rest of them deserve.
Middle English (in the sense 'wickedness, sin'): via Old French from Latin crimen 'judgment, offense', based on cernere 'to judge'.