crime

Something that's against the law is a crime. If your friend shoplifts clothes from a store, you'll be disappointed because you know that stealing is a serious crime.

A crime is an illegal act that someone can be legally punished for, like damaging someone's property. You can also talk about crime more generally to describe something that's unfair, wrong, and difficult to fix, like the crime of art museums charging high admission prices, making it all but impossible for many families to afford to go often.

Definitions of crime
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n (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act

“a long record of crimes
Synonyms:
criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offence, offense
Types:
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barratry
the offense of vexatiously persisting in inciting lawsuits and quarrels
capital offense
a crime so serious that capital punishment is considered appropriate
cybercrime
crime committed using a computer and the internet to steal a person's identity or sell contraband or stalk victims or disrupt operations with malevolent programs
felony
a serious crime (such as murder or arson)
forgery
criminal falsification by making or altering an instrument with intent to defraud
fraud
intentional deception resulting in injury to another person
Had crime
(Islam) serious crimes committed by Muslims and punishable by punishments established in the Koran
highjack, hijack
seizure of a vehicle in transit either to rob it or divert it to an alternate destination
mayhem
the willful and unlawful crippling or mutilation of another person
infraction, infringement, misdemeanor, misdemeanour, violation
a crime less serious than a felony
commission, committal, perpetration
the act of committing a crime
attack, attempt
the act of attacking
Tazir crime
(Islam) minor crimes committed by Muslims; crimes that are not mentioned in the Koran so judges are free to punish the offender in any appropriate way
regulatory offence, regulatory offense, statutory offence, statutory offense
crimes created by statutes and not by common law
thuggery
violent or brutal acts as of thugs
high treason, lese majesty, treason
a crime that undermines the offender's government
vice crime
a vice that is illegal
victimless crime
an act that is legally a crime but that seem to have no victims
war crime
a crime committed in wartime; violation of rules of war
carjacking
the violent theft of an occupied car
harlotry, prostitution, whoredom
offering sexual intercourse for pay
assault
a threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped
barratry
(maritime law) a fraudulent breach of duty by the master of a ship that injures the owner of the ship or its cargo; includes every breach of trust such as stealing or sinking or deserting the ship or embezzling the cargo
breach of the peace, disorderly behavior, disorderly conduct, disturbance of the peace
any act of molesting, interrupting, hindering, agitating, or arousing from a state of repose or otherwise depriving inhabitants of the peace and quiet to which they are entitled
false pretence, false pretense
(law) an offense involving intent to defraud and false representation and obtaining property as a result of that misrepresentation
indecent exposure, public nudity
vulgar and offensive nakedness in a public place
bearing false witness, lying under oath, perjury
criminal offense of making false statements under oath
sedition
an illegal action inciting resistance to lawful authority and tending to cause the disruption or overthrow of the government
sex crime, sex offense, sexual abuse, sexual assault
a statutory offense that provides that it is a crime to knowingly cause another person to engage in an unwanted sexual act by force or threat
bigamy
the offense of marrying someone while you have a living spouse from whom no valid divorce has occurred
capture, seizure
the act of taking of a person by force
racketeering
engaging in a racket
bribery, graft
the practice of offering something (usually money) in order to gain an illicit advantage
identity theft
the co-option of another person's personal information (e.g., name, Social Security number, credit card number, passport) without that person's knowledge and the fraudulent use of such knowledge
mail fraud
use of the mails to defraud someone
election fraud
misrepresentation or alteration of the true results of an election
constructive fraud, legal fraud
comprises all acts or omissions or concealments involving breach of equitable or legal duty or trust or confidence
collateral fraud, extrinsic fraud
fraud that prevents a party from knowing their rights or from having a fair opportunity of presenting them at trial
fraud in fact, positive fraud
actual deceit; concealing something or making a false representation with an evil intent to cause injury to another
fraud in the factum
fraud that arises from a disparity between the instrument intended to be executed and the instrument actually executed; e.g., leading someone to sign the wrong contract
fraud in the inducement
fraud which intentionally causes a person to execute and instrument or make an agreement or render a judgment; e.g., misleading someone about the true facts
intrinsic fraud
fraud (as by use of forged documents or false claims or perjury) that misleads a court or jury and induces a finding for the one perpetrating the fraud
cheat, rig, swindle
the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme
larceny, stealing, theft, thievery, thieving
the act of taking something from someone unlawfully
extortion
the felonious act of extorting money (as by threats of violence)
burglary
entering a building unlawfully with intent to commit a felony or to steal valuable property
Type of:
evildoing, transgression
the act of transgressing; the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle

n an evil act not necessarily punishable by law

crimes of the heart”
Type of:
evildoing, transgression
the act of transgressing; the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle

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