Definition of lawbreaker in English:



  • A person who breaks the law.

    • ‘The police notice said authorities were pursuing lawbreakers who damaged public and private property and disturbed social order.’
    • ‘It's a business grown dependent on lawbreakers and accomplices with little interference from authorities.’
    • ‘Some 106 looters and other lawbreakers have been arrested.’
    • ‘But arresting lawbreakers and bringing them to trial in Australian courts is one thing.’
    • ‘Well, clearly, they are nascent criminals, lawbreakers, and deviants.’
    • ‘The essential arguments are that nothing in the policy excludes these cases and that to exclude them puts lawbreakers in a better position than entrants who declare themselves.’
    • ‘We are tough on lawbreakers, and driving while disqualified is lawbreaking.’
    • ‘They're being criminalized and treated as lawbreakers.’
    • ‘A record 116 suspected lawbreakers were arrested in one day, as officers who normally work behind the scenes swelled the ranks of those working on the campaign.’
    • ‘It is understandable that criminals are sometimes used to round up dangerous lawbreakers for national security and public safety.’
    • ‘‘If the Government becomes a lawbreaker,’ he wrote, ‘it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.’’
    • ‘Now, unfortunately, it seems that I am retroactively a lawbreaker.’
    • ‘‘Some of the lawbreakers have been detained because of their violation of the law, not because of their religious belief,’ he said.’
    • ‘Boomtowns always attract the criminal elements because lawbreakers know they will be overlooked in the chaos.’
    • ‘And while lawbreakers should be prosecuted, there will be unintended consequences.’
    • ‘We said we would have a 3-year probation for immigrants during which lawbreakers would be deported, and there would be pre-arrival health screening, including screening for HIV.’
    • ‘We know we have to listen to victims, punish lawbreakers, ban criminals from ministry, and open up the decision-making process.’
    • ‘Now the victims, demonized as thugs and lawbreakers, are being sent out to various western cities.’
    • ‘I mean, your critics are saying you can't be lawmakers and lawbreakers at the same time.’
    • ‘Most people regard them as thieves of taxpayers' money and lawbreakers not lawmakers as politicians have recently been implicated in various corruption cases.’
    criminal, felon, wrongdoer, evil-doer, offender, delinquent, malefactor, reprobate, culprit
    villain, rogue, ruffian, hoodlum, desperado, outlaw, black hat
    rascal, transgressor, sinner, trespasser, violator, convict
    crook, con, jailbird, crim, wrong 'un, baddy
    malfeasant, infractor
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