crime


crime
crime
W2S2 [kraım] n
[Date: 1200-1300; : Latin; Origin: crimen 'judgment, accusation, crime']
1.) [U]
illegal activities in general
We moved here ten years ago because there was very little crime.
Women commit far less crime than men.
Police officers are being given new powers to help combat crime .
the reasons why people turn to crime
The town has a relatively low crime rate .
The latest crime figures show a drop in the number of robberies.
We need to focus more on crime prevention .
Violent crime is on the increase in the city.
There has been a rise in serious crime in the area.
He became involved in petty crime as a teenager.
a police crackdown on car crime
Street crime was rising rapidly in the Russian capital.
a new support group for victims of crime
Politicians are trying to appear tough on crime .
the latest novel by crime writer Ed McBain
2.)
an illegal action, which can be punished by law
He insisted that he had not committed any crime .
Rape is a very serious crime .
men who have been found guilty of violent crimes
crime against
Crimes against the elderly are becoming more common.
The City Council made it a crime to drink alcohol in the street.
Police are still busy hunting for clues at the scene of the crime (=where the crime happened) .
3.) a life of crime
when someone spends their life stealing and committing other crimes, in order to get money to live
4.) the perfect crime
a crime that no one knows has been committed, so no one can be punished for it
5.) crime of passion
a crime, especially murder, caused by sexual jealousy
6.) crime against humanity
a crime of cruelty against large numbers of people, especially in a war
7.) crime doesn't pay
used to say that crime does not give you any advantage, because you will be caught and punished - used when warning people not to get involved in crime
8.) [singular]
something that someone is blamed or criticized for doing - use this when you think someone is treated very unfairly
→↑sin
My only crime is that I fell in love with another girl.
Johnson's biggest crime was that he told the truth.
9.) it's a crime
spoken said when you think something is very wrong, and someone should not do it
It would be a crime to waste all that good food.
partners in crime atpartner1 (5), ↑white-collar
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COLLOCATES for sense 1
commit crime
combat/fight crime
turn to crime (=start committing crimes)
crime rate (=the amount of crime that happens somewhere)
crime figures/statistics
crime prevention
violent crime
serious crime
petty crime (=crime that is not very serious)
car crime British English
street crime
victim of crime
juvenile/youth crime (=by children and teenagers)
tough on crime (=always punishing crime severely)
HINT sense 1
Do not say 'make/do (a) crime'. Use commit : Young men are more likely to commit crime. She has committed a terrible crime.
WORD FOCUS: crime
crimes that involve stealing things: robbery, burglary, theft, shoplifting, fraud, carjacking
crimes that involve attacking people : assault, mugging, murder, rape
someone who commits crimes: criminal, thief, crook, burglar, mugger, robber, pickpocket, rapist, offender, lawbreaker
See also: criminal, offence, felony, misdemeanour, organized crime, war crime
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Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

Synonyms:
, , (especially against human law), / , , , , , , (of a violent or high-handed nature)


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  • crime — [ krim ] n. m. • 1160; lat. crimen « accusation » 1 ♦ Sens large Manquement très grave à la morale, à la loi. ⇒ attentat, 1. délit, faute, 1. forfait , infraction, 3. mal, péché. Crime contre nature. « L intérêt que l on accuse de tous nos crimes …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • crime — / krīm/ n [Middle French, from Latin crimen fault, accusation, crime] 1: conduct that is prohibited and has a specific punishment (as incarceration or fine) prescribed by public law compare delict, tort 2: an offense against public law …   Law dictionary

  • crime — CRIME. s. m. Action meschante & punissable par les loix. Crime capital. grand crime. crime atroce, detestable. crime enorme. crime inoüi, noir, irremissible. commettre, faire un crime. faire un crime à quelqu un de quelque chose, pour dire,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • crime — CRIME. s. m. Mauvaise action que les lois punissent. Crime capital. Grand crime. Crime atroce, détestable. Crime énorme. Crime inouï, noir, irrémissible. Commettre, faire un crime. Punir un crime. Pardonner un crime. Abolir un crime. L abolition… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • crime — [ kraım ] noun *** 1. ) count an illegal activity or action: commit a crime (=do something illegal): She was unaware that she had committed a crime. the scene of a crime (=where it happened): There were no apparent clues at the scene of the crime …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • crime — [kraɪm] noun LAW 1. [countable] a dishonest or immoral action that can be punished by law: • Insider trading is a crime here and in the U.S. 2. [uncountable] illegal activities in general: • We moved here ten years ago because there was very… …   Financial and business terms

  • 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. See {Certain}.] 1. Any violation of law, either divine or human; an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Crime — 〈[kraım] m. 6 oder n. 15〉 I 〈zählb.〉 Verbrechen, Gewalttat II 〈unz.; Sammelbez. für〉 Kriminalität; →a. Sex and Crime [engl.] * * * Crime [kra̮im ], das; s [engl. crime < afrz. crime < lat. crimen = Verbrechen]: engl. Bez. für: Verbrechen,… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • crime — Crime, et cas qu on a commis, Crimen. Un crime pour lequel y a peine de mort, ou d infamie, Capitale facinus, vel crimen. Crime de lese majesté, Perduellio. Pour certain crime ou cas, Certo nomine maleficij. Commettre un crime, ou faire une faute …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • crime — mid 13c., sinfulness, from O.Fr. crimne (12c., Mod.Fr. crime), from L. crimen (gen. criminis) charge, indictment, accusation; crime, fault, offense, perhaps from cernere to decide, to sift (see CRISIS (Cf. crisis)). But Klein (citing Brugmann)… …   Etymology dictionary


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