Definitions of law-breaking
  1. noun
    (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act
    synonyms: crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, offence, offense
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    the offense of vexatiously persisting in inciting lawsuits and quarrels
    capital offense
    a crime so serious that capital punishment is considered appropriate
    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
    a serious crime (such as murder or arson)
    criminal falsification by making or altering an instrument with intent to defraud
    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
    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
    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
    the violent theft of an occupied car
    harlotry, prostitution, whoredom
    offering sexual intercourse for pay
    a threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped
    (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
    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
    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
    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
    the felonious act of extorting money (as by threats of violence)
    entering a building unlawfully with intent to commit a felony or to steal valuable property
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    evildoing, transgression
    the act of transgressing; the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle
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