Crime vs Delinquent - What's the difference?

crime | delinquent |

As verbs the difference between crime and delinquent

is that crime is to commit (s) while delinquent is .

As a noun crime

is (countable) a specific act committed in violation of the law.



(wikipedia crime)


  • (countable) A specific act committed in violation of the law.
  • (uncountable) The practice or habit of committing crimes.
  • Crime doesn’t pay.
  • (uncountable) criminal acts collectively.
  • Any great wickedness or sin; iniquity.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • No crime' was thine, if 'tis no ' crime to love.
  • (obsolete) That which occasions crime.
  • * Spenser
  • the tree of life, the crime of our first father's fall

    Usage notes

    * Adjectives often applied to "crime": organized, brutal, terrible, horrible, heinous, horrendous, hideous, financial, sexual, international.


    * (criminal acts collectively) delinquency, crime rate, criminality


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    Derived terms

    * crime against humanity * crime against nature * crimebuster * crime index * crime mapping * crime rate * criminal * criminal law * criminal record * criminology * decriminalization * international crime * organised crime / organized crime * sexual crime * war crime * white collar crime


  • To commit (s).
  • * 1987 , Robert Sampson, Yesterday's Faces: From the Dark Side (ISBN 0879723637), page 61:
  • If, during the 1920s, the master criminal was a gamester, criming for self expression, during the 1930s he performed in other ways for other purposes.

    See also

    * offence * sin * administrative infraction (less serious violation of the law) ----




    (en adjective)
  • Late or failing to pay a debt or other financial obligation, like a mortgage or loan.
  • Fred is delinquent in making his car payment.
    The company made a new effort to collect delinquent payments.
  • Failing in or neglectful of a duty or obligation; guilty of a misdeed or offense
  • Synonyms

    * (late or failing to pay a debt) defaulting

    Derived terms

    * delinquency * juvenile delinquent * moral delinquent


    (en noun)
  • One who disobeys or breaks rules or laws.
  • (obsolete) a term applied to royalists by their opponents in the English Civil War 1642 - 1645. Charles I was known as the chief delinquent.
  • Synonyms

    * See also