Any violation of law, either divine or human; an omission of a duty commanded, or the commission of an act forbidden by law.
- An act committed or omitted in violation of a law forbidding or commanding it and for which punishment is imposed upon conviction.
- Unlawful activity: statistics relating to violent crime.
- A serious offense, especially one in violation of morality.
- An unjust, senseless, or disgraceful act or condition: It's a crime to squander our country's natural resources.