♦♦criminals1) N-COUNT A criminal is a person who regularly commits crimes.
A group of gunmen attacked a prison and set free nine criminals in Moroto.Syn:2) ADJ: usu ADJ n Criminal means connected with crime.
Her husband faces various criminal charges...
At 17, he had a criminal record for petty theft...
Doug was found guilty of criminal assault and sentenced to six months in jail.Derived words:criminality [[t]krɪ̱mɪnæ̱lɪti[/t]] N-UNCOUNT
Between 1960 and 1985 we had a tenfold increase of criminality.criminally ADV usu ADV adj/-ed
...a hospital for the criminally insane.3) ADJ: usu v-link ADJ (disapproval) If you describe an action as criminal, you think it is very wrong or a serious mistake.
He said a full-scale dispute involving strikes would be criminal.Derived words:criminally ADV ADV adj
It was, he said, criminally irresponsible for any party to say it would never raise personal taxation.
English dictionary. 2008.