(noun, adjective)


1. bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure

- a criminal waste of talent

Similar word(s): wrong, condemnable, deplorable, reprehensible, vicious

2. guilty of crime or serious offense

- criminal in the sight of God and man

Similar word(s): guilty

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

- a criminal offense

- criminal abuse

Similar word(s): illegal, felonious

Sentences with criminal as an adjective:

- His long criminal record suggests that he is a dangerous man.

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


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

Similar word(s): crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw

Definition categories: person, principal