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Meaning & Definition of Criminal in English

English

Criminal

/krɪmənəl/

noun

1. Someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime

    synonym:
  • criminal
  • ,
  • felon
  • ,
  • crook
  • ,
  • outlaw
  • ,
  • malefactor

adjective

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • condemnable
  • ,
  • criminal
  • ,
  • deplorable
  • ,
  • reprehensible
  • ,
  • vicious

2. Guilty of crime or serious offense

  • "Criminal in the sight of god and man"
    synonym:
  • criminal

3. Involving or being or having the nature of a crime

  • "A criminal offense"
  • "Criminal abuse"
  • "Felonious intent"
    synonym:
  • criminal
  • ,
  • felonious

Examples of using

Tom is a criminal.
The criminal has not been caught yet.
Are you a criminal?