Legal Definition and Related Resources of Criminal

Meaning of Criminal

A person indicted for a crime and found guilty. An act is criminal when the quality of such act is such that it is prohibited under appropriate penal provisions by authority of the state .

Criminal Alternative Definition

As a noun, one who has been guilty of a crime. As an adjective, violative of the criminal law; pertaining to crime, or to penal jurisprudence.

Synonyms of Criminal


  • bandit
  • blackguard
  • buccaneer
  • burglar
  • convict
  • defrauder
  • evildoer
  • extortionist
  • felon
  • filcher
  • fugitive
  • gangster
  • grafter
  • guilty person
  • gunman
  • hardened offender
  • juvenile delinquent
  • kidnapper
  • killer
  • knave
  • lawbreaker
  • malefactor
  • malfeasant
  • manslayer
  • marauder
  • misdemeanant
  • murderer
  • offender
  • outlaw
  • pilferer
  • pillager
  • pirate
  • plunderer
  • public enemy
  • recidivist
  • recreant
  • reprobate
  • reus
  • robber
  • sceleratus
  • smuggler
  • sneak thief
  • swindler
  • terrorist
  • thief
  • transgressor
  • underworld character
  • villain
  • worker of iniquity
  • wrongdoer
  • Associated Concepts: convicted criminal
  • criminal action
  • criminal attempt
  • criminal capacity
  • criminal case or cause
  • criminal charge
  • criminal code
  • criminal conduct
  • criminal conspiracy
  • criminal contempt
  • criminal conviction
  • criminal courts
  • criminal information
  • criminal intent
  • criminal judgments
  • criminal jurisdiction
  • criminal motive
  • criminal negligence
  • criminal offense
  • criminal procedure
  • criminal prosecution
  • criminal responsibility
  • criminal sanctions
  • criminal solicitation
  • criminal statute
  • criminal syndicalism
  • criminal transaction
  • criminal trial
  • habitual criminal
  • known criminals foreign phrases: Frustra legis auxilium invocat qui in legem committit
  • He vainly seeks the aid of the law who transgresses the law
  • criminal statute
  • criminal syndicalism
  • criminal transaction
  • criminal trial
  • habitual criminal
  • known criminals foreign phrases: Frustra legis auxilium invocat qui in legem committit
  • He vainly seeks the aid of the law who transgresses the law

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, Accessory, Accomplice, Accused, Acquittal, Aforethought, Arraignment, At Issue, Attempt, Automatism, Autrefois Acquit, Autrefois Convict, Bigamy, Burden Of Proof, Charge, Civil, Civil Commitment, Civil Remedy, , Commutation, Complaint, Compurgator, Confederacy, Confess, Confession, Conspiracy, Cooling Time, Corpus Delicti, Corroboration, Court, Criminate, Culprit, , Demurrer, Diminished Capacity, Diminished Responsibility, Disorderly House, District Attorney, , Engrossing, Entrapment, Federal Rules Of Criminal Procedure, Feticide, , Fly For It, Frame, Habeas Corpus, Harass, Impeachment, Incrimination, Indeterminate Sentence, Indictment, Informer, Inquest, Insanity, Intention, Irresistible Impulse, Joinder Of Causes Of Actions, Joinder Of Error, Judgment, , Justice Of The Peace, Justification, Juvenile Court, Killing By Misadventure, Magistrate, Mcnaghten’s Rule, Mens Rea, Mental Disease, Merger, Miscarriage, Misdemeanor, Misprison Of Felony, Multiplicity, , Mutilation, Not Guilty, Offense, Penal Institution, Perjury, , Prefer, Preparation, Presumption Of Innocence, Probation, Process, Prosecutor, Quartering, Reasonable Cause, Recognisance, Record, Writ Of Restitution, Search, Self-defense, Self-incrimination, Sentence, Shoplifting, Slander Per Se, Steal, Stealing, Tales, Traverse, Trial.

Translate Criminally Receiving from English to Spanish

Translation of Criminally Receiving, with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Recibir ilícitamente and other legal terms is available here.


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English Spanish Translation of Criminal

Penal, delictivo

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This term is an adjetive.

Etimology of Criminal

(You may find criminal at the world legal encyclopedia and the etimology of more terms).

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.


See Also

  • Crime
  • Criminate



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