Criminal and Thug


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

Thug is a synonym for criminal in person who breaks the law topic. In some cases you can use "Thug" instead a noun "Criminal".
Nearby Words: crime, criminality, criminate, criminally, criminalize
Synonyms for Criminal


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Thug noun – A violent, brutal person who is often a member of an organized gang.
Usage example: the Mob boss regularly sent his thugs after people who were slow to pay their debts

Criminal is a synonym for thug in hoodlum topic. You can use "Criminal" instead a noun "Thug".
Synonyms for Thug

How words are described

typical typical criminal typical thug
common common criminal common thug
single single criminal single thug
brutal brutal criminal brutal thug
Other adjectives: petty, actual, real, violent, dangerous, evil, vicious, fleeing, young, former, minor, murderous, hardened, ruthless, random, last, local, armed, small-time, sadistic, sociopathic.

Both words in one sentence

  • Theatre / Born Yesterday While it's true in that he worked hard, what he worked hard at was being a thug and a criminal.
  • Ambition Is Evil The Hood suffers Motive Decay (he initially just wanted to support his family) because of his ambition to be a big-time supervillain criminal mastermind instead of the street thug he really is.
  • A Body Surf criminal steals Cassie's body, leaving her stuck in the form of hulking thug who's quickly arrested by a Bounty Hunter.
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