• WordNet 3.6
    • n crime (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act "a long record of crimes"
    • n crime an evil act not necessarily punishable by law "crimes of the heart"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Texas criminals are required to give their victims 24 hours notice, either orally or in writing, and to explain the nature of the crime to be committed.
    • Crime Any great wickedness or sin; iniquity. "No crime was thine, if 'tis no crime to love."
    • Crime Any violation of law, either divine or human; an omission of a duty commanded, or the commission of an act forbidden by law.
    • Crime Gross violation of human law, in distinction from a misdemeanor or trespass, or other slight offense. Hence, also, any aggravated offense against morality or the public welfare; any outrage or great wrong. "To part error from crime ."
    • Crime That which occasion crime. "The tree of life, the crime of our first father's fall."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Being rude to a telephone operator in Prussia was once a crime. In 1908, a respected citizen was reprimanded by the government after becoming exasperated with an operator and saying "My dear girl!"
    • n crime An act or omission which the law punishes in the name and on behalf of the state, whether because expressly forbidden by statute or because so injurious to the public as to require punishment on grounds of public policy; an offense punishable by law. In its general sense “it includes every offense, from the highest to the lowest in the grade of offenses, and includes what are called misdemeanors as well as treason and felony” (Taney). The latter are commonly called high crimes. Violations of municipal regulations are not generally spoken of as crimes.
    • n crime Any great wickedness or wrong-doing; iniquity; wrong.
    • n crime Synonyms Wrong, Sin, Crime, Vice, Iniquity, Transgression, Trespass, Delinquency. (See offense.) Wrong is the opposite of right; a wrong is an infringement of the rights of another. Sin is wrong viewed as infraction of the laws of God. Crime is the breaking of the laws of man, specifically of laws forbidding things that are mischievous to individuals or to society, as theft, forgery, murder. Vice is a matter of habit in doing that which is low and degrading. Iniquity is great wrong. Transgression is an act of “stepping across,” as trespass is an act of “passing across,” the boundary of private rights, legal requirements, or general right. Delinquency is failure to comply with the demands of the law or of duty. See criminal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Eugene-Francois Midocq, a French thief and outlaw, evaded the police for years, turned police spy, joined the force as a detective, and ultimately used his knowledge of crime to establish a new crime-fighting organization, the Surete.
    • n Crime krīm a violation of law: an act punishable by law: offence: sin
    • n Crime one guilty of crime
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  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime.”
  • Horace
    “The human race afraid of nothing, rushes on through every crime.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.”
  • Madame Dorothe Deluzy
    Madame Dorothe Deluzy
    “One crime is everything, two is nothing.”
  • George Farquhar
    “Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.”
  • Emma Goldman
    “Crime is naught but misdirected energy.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

There was on all the earth no poverty, no crime, no shame, no despair, no pain, no conflict.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
Crimes.+ The number and variety of crimes depends on the positive action of the state.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
All governments looked upon it as a crime of the deepest dye.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
Passion and poverty, carnage and crime, desolation and death, become the condition of a hitherto happy people.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
There was something terribly merciless about this crime.
"The Opal Serpent" by Fergus Hume
It may annoy; a person arrested for crime must expect annoyance.
"The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays" by Ambrose Bierce
Others committed crimes; all he could do was to make note of the crimes.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
He might have a national reputation for some great crime, but for nothing else.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
They will fill this new world with all their crimes, and then return with materials for corrupting even the old one.
"Faustus his Life, Death, and Doom" by Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger
Certainly her crime was a terrible one, and she deserved to be condemned.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume

In poetry:

Said the Downsized skeleton
Robots got my job
Said the Tough-on-Crime skeleton
Tear gas the mob
"Ballad Of The Skeletons" by Allen Ginsberg
And daily came the tidings
Of folly and crime and woe,
And one by one kept dying
The friends of long ago.
"The Postern Gate" by John Lawson Stoddard
I did not live until this time
Crown'd my felicity,
When I could say without a crime,
I am not thine, but thee.
"To My Excellent Lucasia, On Our Friendship" by Katherine Philips
He is not, though he dispatcheth
All the children he gives birth to;
To a god no crimes should happen.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
No Goblin he; no imp of sin:
No crimes had ever known.
They took the shaggy stranger in,
And rear'd him as their own.
"The Fakeham Ghost" by Robert Bloomfield
I knew not 'twas so dire a crime
To say the word, "Adieu;"
But this shall be the only time
My lips or heart shall sue.
"Last Words" by Emily Jane Bronte

In news:

Crime Stoppers is a way for citizens to help officers in Lincoln County solve crimes.
The Associated Press does not usually identify victims of sex crimes, but Novak has said he wants his name released to publicize the crime and try to prevent other children from being abused .
The Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children is serving Central Texas by bringing about healing to children and adults who are victims of crime.
This is the Crime Stoppers' Crime of the Week.
The individual whose name appears on this notification has been convicted of a crime against a child or an attempted crime against a child, or has pleaded guilty to a sexual offense.
(CBS News) Massachusetts authorities are warning of a possible crime wave because of a scandal in a state crime lab.
The Community Crime Prevention grants are available to county Citizens on Patrol groups and for programs aimed at reducing crime.
Nichols Hills Police are investigating a one-man crime spree involving a suspect who sped away from the crime scene on a bicycle with a to-do list of homes to hit.
Seizes millions in alleged crime money — whether there's been a crime or not.
These crimes should raise awareness that Ohio can no longer afford to be one of the weakest states in the nation in punishing these heinous crimes.
In addition to "war crimes," the indictment, in Count 4, charges the defendants with "crimes against humanity".
Seven in ten sex crimes reported in the US involve children, and Alaska has the unsettling distinction of leading the nation in child sex crimes.
She and law enforcement officials confirmed crimes such as grand theft, assault and other violent crimes have been committed by juveniles while under the influence of alcohol.
The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says Sudan may face more charges for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Darfur.
WEST ORANGE — Despite a recent spate of crime, West Orange has seen a decline in overall crime over the last 15 years, Mayor Robert Parisi said.

In science:

Since the bandits profit from the crime their number is assumed to increase proportional to C (X, Y ).
Generalized models as a universal approach to the analysis of nonlinear dynamical systems
This means that βx is simply the fraction of the farmer’s losses that occurs because of crime.
Generalized models as a universal approach to the analysis of nonlinear dynamical systems
P. Williams, Transnational Criminal Networks, John Arquilla, David Ronfeldt (eds) (2001) Networks and Netwars: The future of Terror, Crime, and Militancy Santa Monica, California.
Intelligence gathering by capturing the social processes within prisons
Sociologists think that isolation worsens an area’s economic prospects by reducing opportunities for commerce, and engenders a sense of isolation in inhabitants, both of which can fuel poverty and crime.
Random Walks Estimate Land Value
The first idea is that of a variational crime.
Geometric variational crimes: Hilbert complexes, finite element exterior calculus, and problems on hypersurfaces