103. Crime


See also 239. LAW ; 335. PUNISHMENT ; 391. THEFT .

abetment, abettal
the act of abetting or inciting another to commit a crime. — abettor, abetter , n .
bigamy
the condition of having two spouses simultaneously. — bigamist , n . — bigamous , adj .
contrabandism
the practice of smuggling. — contrabandist , n .
corruptionist
a person who practices or advocates corruption, especially in politics or public life.
criminology
the scientific study of crime and criminals. — criminologist , n . — criminologic, criminological , adj .
defalcation
1. unauthorized appropriation of money; embezzlement.
2. the sum embezzled.
depeculation
Obsolete , the act of stealing or embezzling.
disseizin, disseisin
the process of wrongfully or unlawfully dispossessing a person of his rightful real property.
embracery
the crime of attempting to influence or suborn a judge or jury by bribery, threats, etc.
extortionist
a person who practices the crime of extortion or the obtaining of money by threat of violence. Also extortioner .
fugitation
fleeing from justice, as by a criminal.
gangdom
the world of gangs or organized crime.
knavery
petty dishonesty or fraud. — knave , n. — knavish , adj .
malfeasance
wrongdoing or improper or dishonest conduct, especially by a person who holds public office or a position of trust. Cf. misfeasance . — malfeasant , adj .
malversation
fraudulent behavior, extortion, or corruption by a person who holds public office or a position of trust.
mayhem
Law . an intentional crippling, disfigurement, or mutilation of another.
miscreancy
criminal action or behavior; wrong- or evil-doing. — miscreant , n., adj .
misfeasance
a form of wrongdoing, especially the doing of something lawful in an unlawful way so that the rights of others are infringed. Cf. malfeasance . — misfeasor , n .
misprision
improper conduct or neglectful behavior, especially by a person who holds public office.
mouchardism
the practice of being a police spy. — mouchard , n .
peculation
embezzlement.
penitence, penitency
the state or condition of regretting crimes or offenses and being willing to atone for them. — penitent , n., adj .
penology
1. the science of the punishment of crime.
2. the science of the management of prisons. — penologist , n .
polygamy
the condition of having more than two spouses simultaneously. — polygamist , n . — polygamous , adj .
recidivism
a repeated relapsing into criminal or delinquent behavior. — recidivist , n. — recidivistic, recidivous , adj .
ropery
Archaic . roguish or criminal behavior or action; conduct deserving of hanging.
signalment
a detailed description of a person for purposes of identification by police.
skulduggery
underhanded, dishonest, or deceptive behavior or actions.
trigamy
the condition of having three spouses simultaneously. — trigamous , adj .
Whitefootism
the actions of an Irish secret society (circa 1832) whose members committed murders and other crimes. — Whitefoot , n.

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