Definition for criminal

adjective as in lawless, felonious

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The mayor wants to change that — by ensuring tickets go to the Superior Court’s traffic and minor offense division rather than the criminal division, where there’s been a backlog of cases and the burden of proof is higher.

It is still illegal to use marijuana under federal law, but nearly a third of all states have eased the criminal consequences for its recreational use.

Many thieves use the same flatbed trucks and forklifts to steal hives that apiaries use to transport them—leading to the inescapable conclusion that the criminals looking to make a quick buck are often insiders.

The letter also notes under Maryland’s current criminal law, discovery of a spouse having sex with another person is similarly “inadequate provocation” for violence.

“It can potentially lead to corruption,” said Giuseppe Fazari, professor of criminal justice at Seton Hall University.

The judges who handle arraignments at criminal court in all five boroughs have a small fraction of their usual caseloads.

But most likely it was linked to the way priests identify with the poor in the face of government and criminal abuses.

Like any service for hire, it is extremely important for the traffickers to provide a reputable service, criminal as it is.

There was the empathetic way she dealt with the revelation that Mrs. Baxter is a former criminal.

Having a criminal record can reduce the likelihood of getting a callback or job offer by 50 percent.

The policemen looked dull and heavy, as if never again would any one be criminal, and as if they had come to know it.

There, the criminal, under sentence of death for the worst offences, is suffered to see those near and dear to him.

The distinction also between civil and criminal law requires explanation.

When he does this he ceases to be a socialist pure and simple and becomes a criminal as well.

In short, I shall begin life all over again—as if I were a criminal in disguise instead of the sport of circumstances.


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On this page you'll find 174 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to criminal, such as: corrupt, deplorable, illegal, illegitimate, illicit, and scandalous.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.