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criminal Idioms & Phrases


Criminal action

  • (Law), an action or suit instituted to secure conviction and punishment for a crime.
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criminal congress

  • noun forbidden or tabu sexual intercourse between individuals
    unlawful carnal knowledge.
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criminal contempt

  • noun an act of disrespect that impedes the administration of justice
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Criminal conversation

  • noun extramarital sex that willfully and maliciously interferes with marriage relations
    adultery; fornication.
    • adultery is often cited as grounds for divorce
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  • (Law), unlawful intercourse with a married woman; adultery; usually abbreviated, crim. con.
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criminal court

  • noun a court having jurisdiction over criminal cases
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criminal intelligence services of canada

  • noun an agency of the Canadian government that unifies the intelligence units of Canadian law enforcement agencies
    CISC.
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criminal investigation command

  • noun the United States Army's principal law enforcement agency responsible for the conduct of criminal investigations for all levels of the Army anywhere in the world
    CID.
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Criminal law

  • noun the body of law dealing with crimes and their punishment
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  • the law which relates to crimes.
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criminal maintenance

  • noun the unauthorized interference in a legal action by a person having no interest in it (as by helping one party with money or otherwise to continue the action) so as to obstruct justice or promote unnecessary litigation or unsettle the peace of the community
    maintenance.
    • unlike champerty, criminal maintenance does not necessarily involve personal profit
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criminal negligence

  • noun (law) recklessly acting without reasonable caution and putting another person at risk of injury or death (or failing to do something with the same consequences)
    culpable negligence.
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criminal offence

  • noun (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act
    offence; crime; law-breaking; offense; criminal offence.
    • a long record of crimes
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criminal offense

  • noun (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act
    offence; crime; law-breaking; offense; criminal offence.
    • a long record of crimes
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criminal possession

  • noun (law) possession for which criminal sanctions are provided because the property may not lawfully be possessed or may not be possessed under certain circumstances
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criminal prosecution

  • noun the institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a defendant for criminal behavior
    prosecution.
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criminal record

  • noun a list of crimes for which an accused person has been previously convicted
    record.
    • he ruled that the criminal record of the defendant could not be disclosed to the court
    • the prostitute had a record a mile long
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criminal suit

  • noun a lawsuit alleging violations of criminal law by the defendant
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desperate criminal

  • noun a bold outlaw (especially on the American frontier)
    desperado.
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habitual criminal

  • noun someone who is repeatedly arrested for criminal behavior (especially for the same criminal behavior)
    repeater; recidivist.
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Purchase criminal

  • robbery. Obs. Spenser.
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u.s. army criminal investigation laboratory

  • noun a defense laboratory of the Criminal Investigation Command; the United States Army's primary forensic laboratory in support of criminal intelligence
    United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory; U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory; USACIL.
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united nations crime prevention and criminal justice

  • noun the United Nations office responsible for crime prevention and criminal justice and law reform
    Centre for International Crime Prevention.
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united states army criminal investigation laboratory

  • noun a defense laboratory of the Criminal Investigation Command; the United States Army's primary forensic laboratory in support of criminal intelligence
    United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory; U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory; USACIL.
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us army criminal investigation laboratory

  • noun a defense laboratory of the Criminal Investigation Command; the United States Army's primary forensic laboratory in support of criminal intelligence
    United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory; U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory; USACIL.
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war criminal

  • noun an offender who violates international law during times of war
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