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The gayety of a light-hearted maiden is often unmixed with boldness, or crime.

He was therefore condemned, and perished on the scaffold for the crime.

It is a crime which, if persisted in, will destroy the Government itself.

There is crime to be conquered, the rough crime of the streets.

To have disregarded it would have been a crime from which his soul shrank.

With no crime laid to him, he was hunted down as a wild beast.

If they made less of crime in another, they also made less of innocence from it in themselves!

A euphemism of kleptomania had been offered and accepted as sufficient excuse for her crime.

Even now, he was engaged in committing that crime which she had forbidden him.

His sole ambition just now was to fix the crime definitely on the perpetrator.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c., "sinfulness," from Old French crimne (12c., Modern French crime), from Latin crimen (genitive criminis) "charge, indictment, accusation; crime, fault, offense," perhaps from cernere "to decide, to sift" (see crisis). But Klein (citing Brugmann) rejects this and suggests *cri-men, which originally would have been "cry of distress" (Tucker also suggests a root in "cry" words and refers to English plaint, plaintiff, etc.). Meaning "offense punishable by law" is from late 14c. The Latin word is glossed in Old English by facen, also "deceit, fraud, treachery." Crime wave first attested 1893, American English.

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