(noun) An act that violates a law and is punishable by an authority through formal sanctions.
Example: Jaywalking is a type of crime that is generally considered a misdemeanor.
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- Plural: crimes
- Crime in the United States falls into two categories: crimes against people or crimes against property.
- An individual who commits a crime is called a (noun) criminal and when something is declared illegal it is (verb) criminalized (also called illegalized) and when the law changes making something no longer a crime it is (verb) decriminalized (also called legalized).
- Also called:
- criminal offense
- Peterson, Ruth D., and Lauren Joy Krivo. 2010. Divergent Social Worlds: Neighborhood Crime and the Racial-Spatial Divide. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.