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 ?
The same flower of innocence had flourished, or was still flourishing, on their brow, that is seen on the brow of the culprit in your house." Villefort shrieked, clasped his hands, and looked at the doctor with a supplicating air.
Customs have been handed down by ages of repetition, but the punishment for ignoring a custom is a matter for individual treatment by a jury of the culprit's peers, and I may say that justice seldom misses fire, but seems rather to rule in inverse ratio to the ascendency of law.
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.
That hiss, faint as it was, irritated the irascible gentleman, and sealed the culprit's fate.
There was no voice of rebuke; but there were averted eyes; there was a silence and an air of solemnity that struck a chill to the culprit's heart.
"Brother, you behold a culprit, a criminal, a wretch, a libertine, a man of enormities!
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.
"To Hell for life"--that is a foolish penalty: the culprit chooses the duration of his punishment.
The prudent housekeeper was again dispatched to bring the unhappy culprit before Mr Allworthy, in order, not as it was hoped by some, and expected by all, to be sent to the house of correction, but to receive wholesome admonition and reproof; which those who relish that kind of instructive writing may peruse in the next chapter.
"Me's so 'shamed of Pokey," sobbed the small culprit, quite overcome by remorse and confusion at this awful disclosure.
That cry struck a terror to the culprit's heart, which trial, condemnation--the approach of death itself, had failed to awaken.
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. But not quite, for they never did it.