habitual criminal

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n habitual criminal someone who is repeatedly arrested for criminal behavior (especially for the same criminal behavior)
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Usage

In literature:

Nearly all occasional and habitual criminals ceased voluntarily from their depredations.
"Revolution and Other Essays" by Jack London
RECIDIVISTS, a name applied to the class of habitual delinquents or criminals of France.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Nothing can be more astonishing than the rapidity and ease with which the mind becomes habituated to the presence of a criminal intention.
"The Redemption of David Corson" by Charles Frederic Goss
Before jumping at this conclusion it must not be forgotten that there is such a person as the habitual criminal.
"Crime and Its Causes" by William Douglas Morrison
Is it at all strange that he has developed finally into the habitual criminal?
"Studies in Forensic Psychiatry" by Bernard Glueck
Nevada has a purely punitive sterilization law applying to habitual criminals and sex offenders.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
The fellow looked like an habitual criminal, or at least like a confirmed loafer.
"The Colonel's Dream" by Charles W. Chesnutt
We don't want any habitual criminals hanging about here.
"War and the Weird" by Forbes Phillips
Not long since somebody or other diagnosed in him the habitual criminal.
"The Merry-Go-Round" by Carl Van Vechten
Imprisonment will frequently ruin him and be the cause of his becoming a confirmed or habitual criminal.
"A Plea for the Criminal" by James Leslie Allan Kayll
Marks of wounds inflicted in quarrels and attempted suicide are frequent in habitual criminals.
"Criminal Man" by Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
Every habitual criminal is known.
"Scotland Yard" by George Dilnot
But it did suggest this: as a habitual criminal, the man was more than ordinarily dangerous.
"Forget Me Nearly" by Floyd L. Wallace
Man is too fallible to condemn another as an habitual criminal and exterminate him.
"The Nation Behind Prison Bars" by George L. Herr
Don't look much like a habitual criminal, as Polk called him, does he?
"The Other Fellow" by F. Hopkinson Smith
Criminology and the habitual criminal, 271.
"Essays In Pastoral Medicine" by Austin ÓMalley
This brother-in-law is an illegitimate child, an habitual criminal, and the son of an unpunished and cautious thief.
"A Review of the Systems of Ethics Founded on the Theory of Evolution" by C. M. Williams
The Inebriates Acts of 1870-1900 deal in the first place with non-criminal, and in the second place with criminal, habitual drunkards.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 5" by Various
Indeed, it was really the parlance of the habitual criminal.
"Whoso Findeth a Wife" by William Le Queux
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In news:

Will spend the rest of his life behind bars after being designated a habitual criminal.
Criminal Law – Courts must tell habitual offenders of maximum possible sentence.
Antawan Zills, 29, pled guilty Aug 6 to armed robbery and armed habitual criminal, Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato announced Aug 7.
Zills was sentenced to 25 years for the armed robbery offense and 14 years for the armed habitual criminal offense.
Criminal Law – Habitual offender enhancement properly applied.
Will spend the rest of his life behind bars after being designated a habitual criminal .
Eighteen years after Californians overwhelmingly approved the country's toughest Three Strikes law, they did an about-face Tuesday, easing the habitual-offender statute in a vote likely to influence criminal justice policies nationwide.
Frank Vasquez was facing a 48-year stretch as a habitual criminal.
A habitual-criminal finding magnifies Allen Andrade's sentence.
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