One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A wilful injury to someone's dignity, caused by the use of obscene or racially offensive language or gestures.
- ‘Gunn said the charges ranged from intimidation, assault by threats, crimen injuria and contraventions of the Post Office Act.’
- ‘If a person is convicted of crimen injuria and cannot afford to pay the R100 to come out of prison, he is then forced to be in an environment where he is sexually assaulted and victimised.’
- ‘The woman pleaded guilty to crimen injuria and was fined R1500 in court.’
- ‘Sampson had several other cases against him, including assault, crimen injuria and malicious damage to property.’
- ‘According to sources the constable is being investigated on charges of assaulting a police officer, crimen injuria and drunkenness.’
Latin, from crimen ‘accusation’ + injuria ‘indignity’.
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