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Crime and Punishment Vocabulary

The most common crime and punishment vocabulary with audios for pronunciation. This word list covers crimes, criminals, punishment, court proceedings and other useful words to write and talk about the topic of crime. Practice the words with the vocabulary exercise at the bottom of the page.

Major Crimes

abduction = talking someone against their will (kidnapping)

arson = setting fire to a property

assault = a physical attack

burglary = illegal entry to a building with an intent to commit a crime

child abuse = maltreatment of a child

drug trafficking = importing illegal drugs

false imprisonment = imprisoning a person against their will and without legal authority

fraud = deception for personal or financial gain

hacking = unauthorised access to data in a computer system

hijacking = illegally getting control of an aircraft or vehicle

human trafficking = illegally transporting people, usually for slave labour or commercial sexual exploitation

murder (homicide USA)

  • premeditated murder = murder that is intentional (planned before hand)
  • unpremeditated murder = murder that is not intentional (not planned)
  • manslaughter = unintentional murder (synonym for unpremeditated murder)

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