culprit


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cul·prit

 (kŭl′prĭt)
n.
1. One charged with an offense or crime.
2. One guilty of a fault or crime.

[Probably from cul. prit, abbreviation for Anglo-Norman *culpable: prit d'averrer nostre bille, guilty: (I am) ready to aver our indictment : culpable, guilty (from Latin culpābilis; see culpable) + *prit, ready (variant of prest, from Latin praestō; see presto).]

culprit

(ˈkʌlprɪt)
n
1. (Law) law a person awaiting trial, esp one who has pleaded not guilty
2. the person responsible for a particular offence, misdeed, etc
[C17: from Anglo-French cul-, short for culpable guilty + prit ready, indicating that the prosecution was ready to prove the guilt of the one charged]

cul•prit

(ˈkʌl prɪt)

n.
1. a person guilty of an offense or fault.
2. a person accused of or arraigned for an offense.
[1670–80; traditionally explained as cul (representing Latin culpābilis guilty) + prit (representing Anglo-French prest ready), marking the prosecution as ready to prove the defendant's guilt]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.culprit - someone who perpetrates wrongdoingculprit - someone who perpetrates wrongdoing  
offender, wrongdoer - a person who transgresses moral or civil law

culprit

noun offender, criminal, villain, sinner, delinquent, felon, person responsible, guilty party, wrongdoer, miscreant, malefactor, evildoer, transgressor The real culprits in the fight have not yet been identified.
Translations
مُذْنِبمُذنِب، آثِم، مُتَّهَم بِجَريمَـه
viníkpachatel
gerningsmand
syyllinen
krivac
tettes
sökudólgur
犯罪者
범인
kaltininkasprasikaltėlis
apsūdzētaisvainīgais
vinník
missdådare
ผู้กระทำความผิด
thủ phạm

culprit

[ˈkʌlprɪt] Nculpable mf (Jur) → acusado/a m/f

culprit

[ˈkʌlprɪt] n
(= guilty person) → coupable mf
(= cause) → cause f

culprit

nSchuldige(r) mf; (Jur) → Täter(in) m(f); (inf) (= person causing trouble)Übeltäter(in) m(f); (= thing causing trouble)Übeltäter m

culprit

[ˈkʌlprɪt] ncolpevole m/f

culprit

(ˈkalprit) noun
a person responsible for something wrong, unpleasant etc. As soon as he saw the broken window he began to look for the culprit.

culprit

مُذْنِب viník gerningsmand Täter υπαίτιος culpable syyllinen coupable krivac colpevole 犯罪者 범인 dader skurk winowajca acusado, culpado обвиняемый missdådare ผู้กระทำความผิด fail thủ phạm 刑事被告
References in classic literature ?
They who composed the outer circle of faces were on tiptoe to gaze; and even the culprit for an instant forgot his shame in a deeper emotion, and exposed his abject features, in order to cast an anxious and troubled glance at the dark assemblage of chiefs.
It could have betokened nothing short of the anticipated execution of some rioted culprit, on whom the sentence of a legal tribunal had but confirmed the verdict of public sentiment.
And, in a moment after, Miss Ophelia, in high indignation, came dragging the culprit along.
Earnshaw snatched up the culprit directly and conveyed him to his chamber; where, doubtless, he administered a rough remedy to cool the fit of passion, for he appeared red and breathless.
The culprit falters excuses, and professes a determination to do better tomorrow.
Also, they stood about the door of the Jolly Bargemen, with knowing and reserved looks that filled the whole neighbourhood with admiration; and they had a mysterious manner of taking their drink, that was almost as good as taking the culprit.
Any resort to legal measures for ascertaining the culprit was contrary to the principles of the church in Lantern Yard, according to which prosecution was forbidden to Christians, even had the case held less scandal to the community.
But if you will only have the patience to listen to my tale, you shall know who is the real culprit.
That merry wag Will Stutely was in command; and when he saw the palefaced Sheriff being led in like any culprit, he took his cloak and laid it humbly upon the ground and besought the Sheriff to alight upon it, as the ground of Sherwood was unused to such dignitaries.
As Dantes spoke, Villefort gazed at his ingenuous and open countenance, and recollected the words of Renee, who, without knowing who the culprit was, had besought his indulgence for him.
Their arrival was dreaded by the elder Miss Bennets, and Jane more especially, who gave Lydia the feelings which would have attended herself, had she been the culprit, and was wretched in the thought of what her sister must endure.
That's it," said the duke, "now make me a little hole in the floor whilst I go and fetch the culprit.