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


The information obtained showed that there were five culprits.

She had gathered together all her remaining strength to denounce the culprits.

Through holes in the side the heads of the culprits were placed.

The culprits were led into the public square to be beheaded.

All five of the culprits were in an angry, defiant frame of mind.

The king asked the culprits if they recognized these letters.

The piece concluded by demanding the penalty of death for all the culprits.

Some culprits are treated to twenty or more blows with a bamboo.

In the Hebrew law some culprits were to be stoned by the whole congregation.

"Yes, sir," replied both of the culprits, in the same breath.


1670s, from Anglo-French cul prit, contraction of Culpable: prest (d'averrer nostre bille) "guilty, ready (to prove our case)," words used by prosecutor in opening a trial. It seems the abbreviation cul. prit was mistaken in English for an address to the defendant.