1. [syn: crime, offense, criminal offense, criminal offence, offence, law-breaking]
2. an evil act not necessarily punishable by law;
- Example: "crimes of the heart"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Crime \Crime\ (kr[imac]m), n. [F. crime, fr. L. crimen judicial
decision, that which is subjected to such a decision, charge,
fault, crime, fr. the root of cernere to decide judicially.
1. Any violation of law, either divine or human; an omission
of a duty commanded, or the commission of an act forbidden
2. Gross violation of human law, in distinction from a
misdemeanor or trespass, or other slight offense. Hence,
also, any aggravated offense against morality or the
public welfare; any outrage or great wrong. "To part error
from crime." --Tennyson.
Note: Crimes, in the English common law, are grave offenses
which were originally capitally punished (murder, rape,
robbery, arson, burglary, and larceny), as
distinguished from misdemeanors, which are offenses of
a lighter grade. See Misdemeanors.
3. Any great wickedness or sin; iniquity.
No crime was thine, if 'tis no crime to love.
4. That which occasion crime. [Obs.]
The tree of life, the crime of our first father's
Capital crime, a crime punishable with death.
Syn: Sin; vice; iniquity; wrong.
Usage: Crime, Sin,Vice. Sin is the generic term,
embracing wickedness of every kind, but specifically
denoting an offense as committed against God. Crime is
strictly a violation of law either human or divine;
but in present usage the term is commonly applied to
actions contrary to the laws of the State. Vice is
more distinctively that which springs from the
inordinate indulgence of the natural appetites, which
are in themselves innocent. Thus intemperance,
unchastity, duplicity, etc., are vices; while murder,
forgery, etc., which spring from the indulgence of
selfish passions, are crimes.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered
an evil act; "a long record of crimes" [syn: crime,
offense, criminal offense, criminal offence,
2: an evil act not necessarily punishable by law; "crimes of the
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
73 Moby Thesaurus words for "crime":
atrocity, breach, break, crime against humanity, criminal tendency,
criminality, criminosis, deadly sin, delict, delinquency,
dereliction, enormity, error, evil, evil courses, evildoing,
failure, fault, feloniousness, felony, genocide, guilty act,
heavy sin, illegality, impropriety, indiscretion, inexpiable sin,
infringement, iniquity, injury, injustice, lapse, lawbreaking,
lawlessness, malefaction, malfeasance, malpractice, malum,
malversation, minor wrong, misconduct, misdeed, misdemeanor,
misdoing, misfeasance, misprision, misprision of treason,
mortal sin, nonfeasance, offense, omission, outrage, peccadillo,
peccancy, positive misprision, sin, sin of commission,
sin of omission, sinful act, slip, thou scarlet sin, tort,
transgression, trespass, trip, unutterable sin, venial sin, vice,
viciousness, violation, wrong, wrong conduct, wrongdoing
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Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
CRIME. A crime is an offence against a public law. This word, in its most
general signification, comprehends all offences but, in its limited sense,
it is confined to felony. 1 Chitty, Gen. Pr. 14.
2. The term misdemeanor includes every offence inferior to felony, but
punishable by indictment or by particular prescribed proceedings.
3. The term offence, also, may be considered as, having the same
meaning, but is usually, by itself, understood to be a crime not indictable
but punishable, summarily, or by the forfeiture of, a penalty. Burn's Just.
4. Crimes are defined and punished by statutes and by the common law.
Most common law offences are as well known, and as precisely ascertained, as
those which are defined by statutes; yet, from the difficulty of exactly
defining and describing every act which ought to be punished, the vital and
preserving principle has been adopted, that all immoral acts which tend to
the prejudice of the community are punishable by courts of justice. 2
5. Crimes are mala in se, or bad in themselves; and these include. all
offences against the moral law; or they are mala prohibita, bad because
prohibited, as being against sound policy; which, unless prohibited, would
be innocent or indifferent. Crimes may be classed into such as affect:
6.-1. Religion and public worship: viz. blasphemy, disturbing public
7.-2. The sovereign power: treason, misprision of treason.
8.-3. The current coin: as counterfeiting or impairing it.
9.-4. Public justice: 1. Bribery of judges or jurors, or receiving
the bribe. 2. Perjury. 3. Prison breaking. 4. Rescue. 5. Barratry. 6.
Maintenance. 7. Champerty. 8. Compounding felonies. 9. Misprision of
felonies. 10. Oppression. 11. Extortion. 12. Suppressing evidence. 13.
Negligence or misconduct in inferior officers. 14. Obstructing legal
process. 15. Embracery.
10.-5. Public peace. 1. Challenges to fight a duel. 2. Riots, routs
and unlawful assemblies. 3. Affrays. 4. Libels.
11.-6. Public trade. 1. Cheats. 2. Forestalling. S. Regrating. 4.
Engrossing. 5. Monopolies.
12.-7. Chastity. 1. Sodomy. 2. Adultery. 3. Incest. 4. Bigamy. 5.
13.-8. Decency and morality. 1. Public indecency. 2. Drunkenness. 3.
Violating the grave.
14.-9. Public police and economy. 1. Common nuisances. 2. Keeping
disorderly houses and bawdy houses. 3. Idleness, vagrancy, and beggary.
15.-10. Public. policy. 1. Gambling. 2. Illegal lotteries.
16.-11. Individuals. 1. Homicide, which is justifiable, excusable or
felonious. 2. Mayhem. 3. Rape. 4. Poisoning, with intent to murder. 5.
Administering drugs to a woman quick with child to cause, miscarriage. 6.
Concealing death of bastard child. 7. Assault and battery, which is either
simple or with intent to commit some other crime. 8. kidnapping. 9. False
imprisonment. 10. Abduction.
17.-12. Private property. 1. Burglary. 2. Arson. 3. Robbery. 4.,
Forgery. Counterfeiting. 6. Larceny. 7. Receiving stolen goods, knowing them
to have been stolen, or theft-bote. 8. Malicious mischief.
18.-13. The public, individuals, or their property, according to the
intent of the criminal. 1. Conspiracy.