crim·i·nal /ˈkrɪmənḷ, ˈkrɪmnəl/
Crim·i·nal, n. One who has commited a crime; especially, one who is found guilty by verdict, confession, or proof; a malefactor; a felon.
1. Guilty of crime or sin.
The neglect of any of the relative duties renders us criminal in the sight of God. --Rogers.
2. Involving a crime; of the nature of a crime; -- said of an act or of conduct; as, criminal carelessness.
Foppish and fantastic ornaments are only indications of vice, not criminal in themselves. --Addison.
3. Relating to crime; -- opposed to civil; as, the criminal code.
The officers and servants of the crown, violating the personal liberty, or other right of the subject . . . were in some cases liable to criminal process. --Hallam.
Criminal action Law, an action or suit instituted to secure conviction and punishment for a crime.
Criminal conversation Law, unlawful intercourse with a married woman; adultery; -- usually abbreviated, crim. con.
Criminal law, the law which relates to crimes.
adj 1: relating to crime or its punishment; "criminal court"
2: bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure; "a criminal
waste of talent"; "a deplorable act of violence";
"adultery is as reprehensible for a husband as for a wife"
[syn: condemnable, deplorable, reprehensible]
3: guilty of crime or serious offense; "criminal in the sight
of God and man"
4: involving or being or having the nature of a crime; "a
criminal offense"; "criminal abuse"; "felonious intent"
n : someone who has committed (or been legally convicted of) a
crime [syn: felon, crook, outlaw, malefactor]