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criminal

crim·i·nal

criminal

 
pronunciation:
krI mih nl
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of or having to do with crime.
Criminal activity in our neighborhood has gone down since the city put up more street lights.
 
synonyms:
illegal, unlawful
antonyms:
lawful, legal
similar words:
outlawed
definition 2: guilty of crime.
She was punished for her criminal behavior.
synonyms:
guilty
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a person who is guilty of a crime.
The criminal went to prison for four years.
synonyms:
outlaw
similar words:
crook, culprit, gangster, hoodlum, offender, thug
derivation: criminally (adv.)
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The word criminal contains the following part:
-al2, -ial, -ual Latin adjective-forming suffix that means pertaining to
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The suffix -al2, -ial attaches primarily to nouns (national , environmental ) but sometimes to Latin or Greek roots (final , capital , comical ) to form adjectives. See also -ar1.