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What Is Crime? Definition And Usage Of This Term

WHAT IS CRIME – In this topic, we will first know the definition of this term and how is this term used in sentences.



The Oxford Dictionary described this term as the following:

  • an action or omission that constitutes an offense that may be prosecuted by the state and is punishable by law.
  • illegal activities.
  • an action or activity that, although not illegal, is considered to be evil, shameful, or wrong.

On the other hand, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines this term as the following:

  • an illegal act for which someone can be punished by the government
  • a gross violation of law
  • a grave offense especially against morality
  • criminal activity
  • something reprehensible or disgraceful


Here are the following synonyms of the term:

  • offense
  • unlawful act
  • illegal act
  • misdemeanor
  • misdeed
  • lawbreaking
  • delinquency
  • wrongdoing
  • transgression
  • misconduct
  • immoral act
  • sin
  • evil
  • evil action
  • wrong


It is a Middle English term which is derived from the Latin term crimen judgement, offense’ which is derived from cernere or ‘to judge’.


Here are some of the examples:

  • Carry this cat away to prison, and keep her in safe confinement until she is tried by law for the crime of murder.
  • New local acquaintances never questioned us about work and we displayed no interest in anything pertaining to crime or mayhem.
  • The chitchat roamed from details of Friday’s luncheon to views on crime and punishment, which, as the booze went down, became more and more general.
  • There is no step, no crime or petty fraud he commits, which in the mouths of those around him is not at once represented as a great deed.

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