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1A person who is responsible for a crime or other misdeed.
guilty party, offender, wrongdoer, person responsiblecriminal, malefactor, lawbreaker, felon, delinquent, reprobateevil-doer, transgressor, sinnerbaddy, bad guy, wrong 'un, crook, crimmalfeasant, misfeasor, infractormiscreantView synonyms
- ‘It is only with the help of local people that police can crack down on the crime spree, catch the culprits and bring them to justice.’
- ‘In eight percent of the cases, the culprits plundered the victim's bank accounts.’
- ‘Despite numerous red herrings, there's no way to logically deduce the culprit's identity.’
- ‘The invaders are the real culprits in all cases.’
- ‘A shot was discharged and the culprit fled the scene.’
- ‘Frowning, I glanced around the room trying to find the culprit responsible for interrupting my reading.’
- ‘They caught the real culprit so here I am.’
- ‘But it is not enough to identify likely culprits.’
- ‘A swift and thorough investigation must be launched to bring the culprits to justice.’
- ‘The culprits behaved like seasoned thugs but claimed that they were guardians of law and order.’
- ‘I don't recall the culprit ever been caught.’
- ‘The car is returned and the real culprits are identified.’
- ‘Apparently, as a manager, it was his responsibility to chase down the offending culprit and resolve the situation.’
- ‘Police and all concerned parties are working together to bring the culprit or culprits to justice.’
- ‘I have never heard any of the culprits being charged with any ‘crime’ whatsoever.’
- ‘He said staff members were the main culprits in the theft of medicines from the public health centres.’
- ‘Police say they are doing all they can to bring the culprits to justice.’
- ‘The culprits fled the scene by car, abandoning the stolen tractor at the scene.’
- ‘He alerted a police patrol at the top of the road and officers quickly arrived, by which time the culprits had fled.’
- ‘We have a cop who falls in love with a possible culprit in a murder mystery.’
- 1.1The cause of a problem or defect.‘viruses could turn out to be the culprit’
- ‘The real culprit, though, is the system of relegating three teams from Division One each season.’
- ‘Digital photography and fewer people taking holidays appear to be the main culprits there.’
- ‘The real culprit is poverty, disease and starvation.’
- ‘Cooking odours are one of the main culprits that cause unpleasant household odours.’
- ‘The person you see in that little mirror is the real culprit in the current crisis.’
- ‘The real culprit is the private sector, far too dependent on low wages in the place of investment.’
- ‘In this case the alleged villain is the drug companies but the real culprit is government.’
- ‘What this book shows quite clearly is that the real culprit is the lack of political will.’
- ‘A sinister, manipulative government and major corporate industries are exposed as the primary culprits.’
- ‘If the culprit is depleted uranium they are probably out of luck because any clean up would take a very long time and cost a lot of money.’
- ‘The doctors whispered that it was second-hand smoking, the worst culprit.’
- ‘Nobody seems to know the cause of the deaths but the water seems a likely culprit.’
- ‘The general public and scientists alike viewed electric power plants as the chief culprits.’
- ‘To identify the suspected viral culprits in both these cases, they needed a lot more infected leaves.’
- ‘The real culprit is the unchecked fragmentation of land holdings in the rural areas.’
- ‘The main culprits for all that racket are the muscles of the palate and the uvula.’
- ‘But she said supermarkets were the real culprits for selling alcohol to under-age drinkers.’
Late 17th century (originally in the formula Culprit, how will you be tried?, said by the Clerk of the Crown in England to a prisoner pleading not guilty): perhaps from a misinterpretation of the written abbreviation cul. prist, for Anglo-Norman French Culpable: prest d'averrer notre bille (You are) guilty: (We are) ready to prove our indictment; in later use influenced by Latin culpa fault, blame.
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