(Latin: judicial decision, verdict; object of reproach, judgement; legal offense, fault, accusation)
Closely related to the cern- family of "separated, set apart" words.
2. Behavior which is considered to be foolish or unacceptable: "It is believed by most people to be a crime to let food go to waste."
"When asked why he had never married; Erin, who was 40, said, that being single was not a crime."3. Etymological or historical background: Crime is one of a wide range of English words which come ultimately from or are related to the Greek verb krinein, "to decide". This was a relative of Latin cernere, "to decide", from whose root evolved the noun crimen, "judgment, accusation, illegal act".
This passed via Old French crimne (later crime) into English, where traces of the original meaning "accusation" survived until the 17th century.
"The captain of the wrecked cruise ship has been accused of criminal negligence."2. A reference to laws which describe crimes instead of those legal acts about a person's rights: "The local criminal justice-system has been accused of mishandling the charges brought against the mayor of the city."
3. Morally wrong: "Many are convinced that it is criminal that congress and the president are doing nothing to stop the shut down of the government!"
2. Research and understanding of the various aspects of dishonest activities by people and a better comprehension of law enforcement techniques: "Criminology involves multitudes of researches into social environments, kinds of investigations, detections, apprehensions, preventions, resulting punishments for criminal behaviors, etc."
2. To pay attention to subtle differences and exercise judgment and taste accordingly.
2. Used to describe tariffs that are set at different rates for different importers.