US: /ˈkɹɪmənəɫ/
UK: /kɹˈɪmɪnə‍l/

English Vietnamese dictionary

criminal /'kriminl/
  • tính từ
    • có tội, phạm tội, tội ác
      • a criminal act: hành động tội ác
      • criminal law: luật hình
    • criminal conversation
      • (xem) conversation
  • danh từ
    • kẻ phạm tội, tội phạm
      • war criminal: tội phạm chiến tranh

Advanced English dictionary

adjective, noun
+ adjective
1 [usually before noun] connected with or involving crime: criminal offences / behaviour + criminal damage (= the crime of damaging sb's property deliberately) + criminal negligence (= the illegal act of sb failing to do sth that they should do, with the result that sb else is harmed)
2 [only before noun] connected to the laws that deal with crime: criminal law + the criminal justice system + a criminal lawyer + to bring criminal charges against sb
Compare: CIVIL
3 morally wrong: This is a criminal waste of resources.
+ noun
a person who commits a crime: Society does not know how to deal with hardened criminals (= people who regularly commit crimes and are not sorry for what they do). + (especially AmE) a career criminal

Thesaurus dictionary

1 illegal, unlawful, illicit, lawless, dishonest, Colloq crooked:
Arson is a criminal act. We have to weed out the criminal element.
2 wicked, evil, bad, wrong, corrupt, vile, black, immoral, amoral, sinful, villainous, iniquitous, flagitious, depraved; disgraceful, reprehensible:
The way they treat their children is absolutely criminal.
3 felon, convict, lawbreaker, outlaw, culprit, offender, miscreant, malefactor, wrongdoer, villain, scoundrel, knave, blackguard; gangster, Mafioso, desperado, racketeer; hoodlum, thug, hooligan, tough, ruffian, terrorist, Colloq roughneck, bad guy, black hat, bad hat, baddie or baddy, crook; Slang hood, US mobster:
He was arrested for consorting with known criminals.

Collocation dictionary


dangerous, violent | serious | habitual, hardened | professional | master | petty | convicted | known
He has been associating with known criminals.
| notorious | common
She was treated like a common criminal.
| white-collar | war
He was tried as a war criminal.


I told him to pass the information to the police so they could catch the criminals.

Concise English dictionary

+someone who has committed (or been legally convicted of) a crime
+bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure
+guilty of crime or serious offense
+involving or being or having the nature of a crime