Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun criminal

1 sense of criminal

Sense 1
criminal, felon, crook, outlaw, malefactor -- (someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime)
       => principal -- ((criminal law) any person involved in a criminal offense, regardless of whether the person profits from such involvement)

Antonyms of adj criminal

3 senses of criminal

Sense 1
condemnable, criminal, deplorable, reprehensible, vicious -- (bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure; "a criminal waste of talent"; "a deplorable act of violence"; "adultery is as reprehensible for a husband as for a wife")

INDIRECT (VIA wrong) -> right -- (in conformance with justice or law or morality; "do the right thing and confess")

Sense 2
criminal -- (guilty of crime or serious offense; "criminal in the sight of God and man")

INDIRECT (VIA guilty) -> innocent, guiltless, clean-handed -- (free from evil or guilt; "an innocent child"; "the principle that one is innocent until proved guilty")

Sense 3
criminal, felonious -- (involving or being or having the nature of a crime; "a criminal offense"; "criminal abuse"; "felonious intent")

INDIRECT (VIA illegal) -> legal -- (established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules)

Similarity of adj criminal

3 senses of criminal

Sense 1
condemnable, criminal, deplorable, reprehensible, vicious -- (bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure; "a criminal waste of talent"; "a deplorable act of violence"; "adultery is as reprehensible for a husband as for a wife")
       => wrong (vs. right) -- (contrary to conscience or morality or law; "it is wrong for the rich to take advantage of the poor"; "cheating is wrong"; "it is wrong to lie")

Sense 2
criminal -- (guilty of crime or serious offense; "criminal in the sight of God and man")
       => guilty (vs. innocent) -- (responsible for or chargeable with a reprehensible act; "guilty of murder"; "the guilty person"; "secret guilty deeds")

Sense 3
criminal, felonious -- (involving or being or having the nature of a crime; "a criminal offense"; "criminal abuse"; "felonious intent")
       => illegal (vs. legal) -- (prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules; "an illegal chess move")

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