crime etymology

English word crime comes from Proto-Italic *kreimen, Latin cerno

Detailed word origin of crime

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*kreimen Proto-Italic (itc-pro)
cerno Latin (lat) I decide. I distinguish, discern, see. I perceive. I separate, sift.
crimen Latin (lat) (in respect to the accused) The fault one is accused of; crime, misdeed, offence, fault.. (in respect to the accuser) A charge, accusation, reproach; calumny, slander.. A cause of a crime; criminal.. A judicial decision, verdict, or judgment.. An object of reproach, invective.. An object representing a crime.. The crime of lewdness; adultery.
crimne Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
crime Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
crime English (eng) (nonstandard, rare) To commit crime(s). (countable) A specific act committed in violation of the law.. (obsolete) That which occasions crime.. (uncountable) The practice or habit of committing crimes.. (uncountable) criminal acts collectively.. Any great wickedness or sin; iniquity.

Words with the same origin as crime

Descendants of *kreimen
criminal easy incriminating
Descendants of cerno
certain certainty concern concrete decree discreet discretion discrimination espresso express expression secret secretary secretive