criminal offence

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n criminal offence (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act "a long record of crimes"
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Usage

In literature:

This was the time of the Illinois Prohibition Law, making it a criminal offence to aid or encourage a runaway slave.
"History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Washington Williams
For second offences of criminals so branded the whole hand or foot is cut off.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Had he ever been tried for any criminal offence?
"VC -- A Chronicle of Castle Barfield and of the Crimea" by David Christie Murray
I do not extenuate my own offences, but I will not criminate others.
"Helen and Arthur" by Caroline Lee Hentz
Yes, he was going to the court-room to be tried for a criminal offence; he was a criminal, a criminal, a criminal.
"A Tar-Heel Baron" by Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton
This was often true of the old criminal law, which punished offences cruelly because it had no effective system of police.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen
For this offence he was, after trial, sent to the Asylum for the Criminal Insane.
"Quaker Hill" by Warren H. Wilson
For the Grand Jury is a body whose business it is to make secret inquisition into criminal offences.
"Hand and Ring" by Anna Katharine Green
The judiciary was irremovable, and trial by jury was allowed for criminal offences.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
As in England, there is no statutory limitation to a criminal offence.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
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In news:

Attitudes toward sexual assault and rape have come a long way in Canada, where, until 1983, raping a spouse was not a criminal offence.
Failure to disclose HIV status not always a criminal offence , top court rules.
Failure to disclose HIV status not always a criminal offence , Supreme Court rules.
The European Union proposed Wednesday to make manipulating key global interest rates a criminal offence.
Charge them with criminal offences whenever possible.
The law exempts someone from being criminally responsible for an offence they committed if they were suffering from a mental disorder that rendered them incapable of appreciating the nature and quality of their action.
BRUSSELS – The European Union proposed Wednesday to make manipulating key global interest rates a criminal offence.
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