Criminal and Offender


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Criminal noun – A person who has committed a crime.
Usage example: car thieves, pickpockets, burglars, and other criminals

Offender is a synonym for criminal in lawbreaker topic. In some cases you can use "Offender" instead the word "Criminal" as a noun or an adjective, when it comes to topics like culprit, perpetrator, juvenile delinquent, person who breaks the law. popular alternative
Nearby Words: crime, criminality, criminate, criminally, criminalize
Synonyms for Criminal


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Offender noun – A person who has committed a crime.
Usage example: juvenile offenders have their criminal records sealed when they turn 18

Criminal is a synonym for offender in perpetrator topic. You can use "Criminal" instead the word "Offender" as a noun or an adjective, if it concerns topics such as wrongdoer, culprit, juvenile delinquent, crimes. popular alternative
Nearby Words: offend, offended, offence, offending
Synonyms for Offender

How words are described

common common criminal common offender
single single criminal single offender
notorious notorious criminal notorious offender
actual actual criminal actual offender
Other adjectives: real, violent, great, bad, horrible, potential, young, wanted, famous, major, minor, worst, greatest, serial, suspected, convicted.

Both words in one sentence

  • There have also been instances where living victims of crimes have committed suicide, regardless of the offender getting punished, or the victims or family members taking revenge on the criminal, thus becoming criminals themselves.
  • Strawman Has a Point Criminal Minds: Any time anyone doubts the legitimacy of offender profiling, particularly when it's the only evidence for an arrest.
  • Liaisons outside these boundaries are a criminal offence and punishable by causing the offender to be 'outcaste', which usually results in death.
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