white-collar crime

(noun) A non-violent crime of opportunity, often involving money.

Example: embezzlement – The theft of funds or property entrusted to you but owned by another.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: white-collar crimes
  • Term originates from the white dress shirts wore by professionals such as bankers and lawyers, as opposed to denim or blue uniform shirts worn by wage laborers or blue-collar workers.
  • A type of crime.
  • Also called corporate crime.

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How to Cite the Definition of White-collar Crime

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “white-collar crime.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 16, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/white-collar-crime/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

white-collar crime. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/white-collar-crime/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “white-collar crime.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 16, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/white-collar-crime/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“white-collar crime.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 16 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/white-collar-crime/>.