criminal [krim-uh-nl] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. of the nature of or involving crime.
  2. guilty of crime.
  3. Law. of or relating to crime or its punishment: a criminal proceeding.
  4. senseless; foolish: It’s criminal to waste so much good food.
  5. exorbitant; grossly overpriced: They charge absolutely criminal prices.


  1. a person guilty or convicted of a crime.

Origin of criminal 1350–1400; Middle English Anglo-French Late Latin crīminālis, equivalent to Latin crīmin- (stem of crīmen; see crime) + -ālis -al1 Related formscrim·i·nal·ly, adverbnon·crim·i·nal, adjective, nounnon·crim·i·nal·ly, adverbqua·si-crim·i·nal, adjectivequa·si-crim·i·nal·ly, adverbsub·crim·i·nal, adjectivesub·crim·i·nal·ly, adverbsu·per·crim·i·nal, adjective, nounsu·per·crim·i·nal·ly, adverbun·crim·i·nal, adjectiveun·crim·i·nal·ly, adverbSynonyms for criminal 1. felonious, unlawful. See illegal. 6. malefactor, evildoer, transgressor, culprit, felon, crook, hoodlum, gangster.Antonyms for criminal 1. lawful. 2. innocent. Examples from the Web for quasi-criminal Historical Examples of quasi-criminal

  • And was not the same imperfect social system partly responsible for the quasi-criminal attitude which had been forced upon him?

    The Price

    Francis Lynde

  • The Sigurimi was the shadowy, quasi-criminal state security apparatus.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • The members of the Council who had conducted the previous examinations were directed to sit as a quasi-criminal Court.

    Sir Walter Ralegh

    William Stebbing

  • British Dictionary definitions for quasi-criminal criminal noun

    1. a person charged with and convicted of crime
    2. a person who commits crimes for a living


    1. of, involving, or guilty of crime
    2. (prenominal) of or relating to crime or its punishmentcriminal court; criminal lawyer
    3. informal senseless or deplorablea criminal waste of money

    Derived Formscriminally, adverbWord Origin for criminal C15: from Late Latin crīminālis; see crime, -al 1 Word Origin and History for quasi-criminal criminal adj.

    early 15c., from Middle French criminel (11c.), from Latin criminalis “pertaining to crime,” from crimen (genitive criminis); see crime. Preserves the Latin -n-. Criminal law (or criminal justice) distinguished from civil in English at least since late 15c.

    criminal n.

    1620s, from criminal (adj.).

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