criminal conversation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n criminal conversation extramarital sex that willfully and maliciously interferes with marriage relations "adultery is often cited as grounds for divorce"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Criminal conversation (Law) unlawful intercourse with a married woman; adultery; -- usually abbreviated, crim. con.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Criminal conversation often Crim. con., adultery
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. crimen.

Usage

In literature:

I could give several remarkable instances of this in my long conversation with crime and with criminals.
"The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders &c." by Daniel Defoe
From Clayton and a discussion of the Metzer murder, the conversation had turned, not illogically, upon the physiognomy of criminals in general.
"The Adventures of Jimmie Dale" by Frank L. Packard
Disposed to devote a portion of this Sunday to the reformation of this lively criminal, I continued the conversation with him.
"Baddeck and That Sort of Thing" by Charles Dudley Warner
Honest indifference has no intrigues, no elopements, no disgraceful trials for criminal conversation, no divorces.
"The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
Did Craig's demeanour during your conversation seem to you to indicate the master criminal?
"The Black Box" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
You ought to have instructed your attorney to bring an action against the hawker for criminal conversation with your wife.
"The Jest Book" by Mark Lemon
It was strange converse too, about struggles and fights with criminals and the detection of crime.
"The Iron Horse" by R.M. Ballantyne
Conversely, trials and difficulties and the want of education are powerless to make a criminal of an honest individual.
"Criminal Man" by Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
With traitors or criminals whom he has resolved to destroy he will converse without betraying the least sign of anger or vengeance.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 4, September, 1850" by Various
It was pointed out that if certain traits denoted the criminal, the converse should be seen in the honest man.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
The criminal returns afford melancholy indications of their moral condition to those conversant with penal statistics.
"About London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
Criminal conversation, or adultery.
"Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)" by Various
She appeased her vanity by turning her shoulder on the criminal and giving her conversation to Count Banti.
"The Sunset Trail" by Alfred Henry Lewis
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In news:

Criminal Justice Conversations with David Onek: Gena Castro Rodriguez, Youth Justice Institute.
A jury late Friday returned guilty verdicts against a gynecologist charged with having inappropriate and criminal sexual contact and conversations with four of his patients.
Criminal Justice Conversations with David Onek: Scott MacDonald, Santa Cruz Chief Probation Officer .
One of the interesting sidebars from my conversation with criminal justice scholar David Harris from the University of Pittsburgh Law School is on the question of whether police do lineups correctly .
SYDNEY—The Australian radio station behind a hoax phone call to the London hospital where the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge was being treated could face criminal charges for airing the conversation, legal experts said Tuesday.
T he Australian radio station behind a hoax phone call to the London hospital where the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge was being treated could face criminal charges for airing the conversation, legal experts said Tuesday.
And added "criminal conversation" for good measure.
In a big victory for federal prosecutors, Galleon Group hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam lost his bid to suppress secretly recorded conversations from his pending criminal trial on insider-trading charges.
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