crime passionnel


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crime passionnel

(French krim pɑsjɔnɛl)
n, pl crimes passionnels
(Law) a crime committed from passion, esp sexual passion. Also called: crime of passion
[from French]
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BACK in the 19th Century, French lawmakers accepted the idea of "crime passionnel" as a legal defence for a murder.
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