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Synonyms for criminal
ˈkrɪm ə nlcrim·i·nal

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Wiktionary

  1. criminalnoun

    Synonyms:
    offender, lawbreaker, illegal, perpetrator

  2. criminaladjective

    Being against the law; forbidden by law.

    Synonyms:
    lawbreaker, offender, perpetrator, illegal

  3. criminaladjective

    Guilty of breaking the law.

    Synonyms:
    illegal

  4. criminaladjective

    Of or relating to crime.

    Synonyms:
    illegal

  5. criminaladjective

    Abhorrent or very undesirable, even if allowed by law.

    Printing such asinine opinions without rebuttal is criminal, even when not libel!

    Synonyms:
    illegal

  6. criminaladjective

    Of or relating to crime control, notably penal law.

    His criminal record shows his resistance to all crime prevention and - repression.

    Synonyms:
    illegal

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. criminal

    Every criminal act is illegal or unlawful, but illegal or unlawful acts may not be criminal. Offenses against public law are criminal; offenses against private rights are merely illegal or unlawful. As a general rule, all acts punishable by fine or imprisonment or both, are criminal in view of the law. It is illegal for a man to trespass on another's land, but it is not criminal; the trespasser is liable to a civil suit for damages, but not to indictment, fine, or imprisonment. A felonious act is a criminal act of an aggravated kind, which is punishable by imprisonment in the penitentiary or by death. A flagitious crime is one that brings public odium. Vicious refers to the indulgence of evil appetites, habits, or passions; vicious acts are not necessarily criminal, or even illegal; we speak of a vicious horse. That which is iniquitous, i. e., contrary to equity, may sometimes be done under the forms of law. Ingratitude is sinful, hypocrisy is wicked, but neither is punishable by human law; hence, neither is criminal or illegal. Compare SIN.

    Synonyms:
    abominable, culpable, felonious, flagitious, guilty, illegal, immoral, iniquitous, nefarious, sinful, unlawful, vicious, vile, wicked, wrong

    Antonyms:
    innocent, just, lawful, legal, meritorious, moral, right, virtuous

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. criminal

    Synonyms:
    illegal, felonious, vicious, culpable, wrong, iniquitous, sinful, immoral, guilty, nefarious, flagitious

    Antonyms:
    lawful, virtuous, right, jury innocent, moral, meritorious, creditable, honorable, praiseworthy, laudable

Princeton's WordNet

  1. criminal, felon, crook, outlaw, malefactoradjective

    someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime

    Synonyms:
    whitlow, twist, shepherd's crook, malefactor, bend, turn, crook, felon, outlaw

    Antonyms:
    guiltless, clean-handed, right, innocent, legal

  2. condemnable, criminal, deplorable, reprehensible, viciousadjective

    bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure

    "a criminal waste of talent"; "a deplorable act of violence"; "adultery is as reprehensible for a husband as for a wife"

    Synonyms:
    felonious, savage, reprehensible, fell, pitiful, venomous, miserable, lamentable, deplorable, roughshod, evil, cruel, barbarous, vicious, poisonous, woeful, condemnable, wretched, distressing, execrable, brutal, sorry, sad

    Antonyms:
    right, guiltless, innocent, clean-handed, legal

  3. criminaladjective

    guilty of crime or serious offense

    "criminal in the sight of God and man"

    Synonyms:
    deplorable, felonious, vicious, condemnable, reprehensible

    Antonyms:
    clean-handed, legal, guiltless, right, innocent

  4. criminal, feloniousadjective

    involving or being or having the nature of a crime

    "a criminal offense"; "criminal abuse"; "felonious intent"

    Synonyms:
    deplorable, felonious, vicious, condemnable, reprehensible

    Antonyms:
    innocent, guiltless, right, clean-handed, legal

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. criminaladjective

    Synonyms:
    wrong, contrary to law

  2. criminaladjective

    Synonyms:
    culpable, guilty

  3. criminalnoun

    Synonyms:
    culprit, delinquent, offender, transgressor, trespasser, malefactor, convict, felon

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. criminaladjective

    Synonyms:
    felonious, flagitious

  2. criminalnoun

    Synonyms:
    felon, malefactor, culprit, criminaloid

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How to use criminal in a sentence?

  1. Muslim Americans:

    Our enemy are these criminal killers who misuse a religion in order to recruit people and give them the training to go out and kill more people.

  2. Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews:

    We decided that restraint and public safety would be our priority, as the Sheriff, I am not blind to the offensive conduct of some demonstrators nor will I ignore their criminal conduct.

  3. Wayne LaPierre:

    If the President really wanted to make Americans safer, he’d pick up the phone and tell his Justice Department to flip Chicago upside down until every criminal with a gun, criminal gangbanger with a gun, and drug dealer with a gun is arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned to the fullest extent of the law.

  4. The Iraqi ambassador:

    These terrorist groups have desecrated all human values, they have committed the most heinous criminal terrorist acts against the Iraqi people -- whether Shia, Sunni, Christian, Turkmen.

  5. Ross Garber:

    I'm not sure of anybody who's defended more impeachments than I have, and even I think Alan Dershowitz is wrong on this, i don't think you need a technical criminal violation for there to be an impeachable offense, and there are lots of reasons for that.


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