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Vocabulary 26 - Words Related to Crime
Graffiti is a form of VANDALISM, a word associated with crime.

Vocabulary 26 - Words Related to Crime

Every day we wait with bated breath for some good news. Unfortunately we usually only get to see or hear or read about news that is far from good. We hear about a bank robbery, a murder or an act of terrorism. We watch the news and learn something new about a crime committed earlier. We hear that somebody has been arrested and taken into custody, that somebody else has been convicted of a crime and been sentenced to jail. We also hear that someone was falsely accused and he has been acquitted. Life is full of twists and turns and we hear about a host of terrible incidents that leave a bad taste in the mouth.

The only positive point about such incidents is that they add a number of words to the English language. Any act of crime and its associated activities set in motion a chain of events. Once a crime is committed a complaint ensues, an investigation is conducted, an arrest made, charges brought and the case is tried in court.

Similarly, somebody might accuse another of a wrongdoing and they would be slapped with a libel suit or a slander charge. Sometimes an apology is made and the case is dropped and at other times the case goes to court and a trial is conducted, after which a judgment is made. It might not stop with a judgment, as under law one has the right to appeal.

Many of the words in the foregoing paragraphs are words connected with crime or law. Crime has contributed a host of words to the English language and the legal fraternity makes use of such words as appellant, cross-examination, deposition and injunction, as well as many, many other technical terms. Take the quiz that follows and learn some of the words that are associated with crime and its related activities.
1.
Choose the word that is related to crime which means 'someone who appropriates money that does not belong to him/her'.
Accessory
Informant
Kidnapper
Embezzler
An 'accessory' is a person who aids the commission of a crime but does not commit the crime itself.
An 'informant' is a person employed by the police to pass on information about criminals.
A 'kidnapper' is a person who takes another person as hostage, usually to force people to pay money (a ransom) for the release of the hostage
2.
Choose the word that is related to crime which means 'to defame a person through the printed or written form'.
Libel
Slander
Calumny
Malice
'Slander' is similar to libel, though through the spoken word rather than the written word.
'Calumny' is a statement that is falsely or maliciously made.
'Malice' is a desire to cause injury or harm to another person
3.
Choose the word that is related to crime which means 'to trade or deal in commodities or people for illegal purposes'.
Blackmailing
Trafficking
Incriminating
Burglary
'Blackmailing' is the act of extorting money by threatening a person.
'Incriminating' is involving a person by accusing him of a crime.
'Burglary' is entering a property without permission, usually in order to steal
4.
Choose the word that is related to crime which means 'a legal or judicial inquiry into the cause of a death'.
Imprisonment
Custody
Detention
Inquest
'Imprisonment' is the act of confining a person in a prison as a form of punishment.
'Custody' is when a person is held by the police for interrogation.
'Detention' is keeping a person in custody prior to orders from the court
5.
Choose the word that is related to crime which means 'deliberate destruction of or damage to property without good reason'.
Hooliganism
Sabotage
Vandalism
Vagrancy
'Hooliganism' is the act of being lawless.
'Sabotage' is similar to vandalism, though with the aim of jeopardising a cause.
'Vagrancy' is wandering idly without any purpose
6.
Choose the word that is related to crime which means 'a formalisation of procedure for trying a criminal case'.
Impeachment
Conviction
Acquittal
Indictment
'Impeachment' is a process of bringing a higher official to book, such as a president or a judge.
A 'conviction' is a guilty verdict against someone in a court of law.
An 'acquittal' is a discharge from custody given to someone on trial who has not been convicted
7.
Choose the word that is related to crime which is 'a device used by the police to restrain people'.
Gun
Handcuffs
Lathis
Teargas
'Guns' are weapons sometimes used by criminals when committing a crime.
'Lathis' are wooden sticks used by the police to disperse a rampaging mob.
'Tear gas' is another tool used by police to disperse a rampaging mob
8.
Choose the word that is related to crime which means 'a major offence such as murder'.
Larceny
Bigamy
Felony
Perjury
'Larceny' is a technical word for theft.
'Bigamy' is the act of getting married to another when already married and without the first marriage being annulled.
'Perjury' is to lie under oath.
All three are crimes, but are not as serious as murder
9.
Choose the word that is related to crime which means 'someone who works with another to commit a crime'.
Accomplice
Ballistics
Confession
Defendant
'Ballistics' is the study of the paths of a bullet and it is used to help trace the gun that fired a bullet in a crime.
A 'confession' is an acknowledgement that one has committed a crime.
A 'defendant' is somebody who has been accused of a crime and a charge made against them in a court of law
10.
Choose the word that is related to crime which means 'calling for a witness to testify in court'.
Subpoena
Testimony
Judgment
Lawsuit
A 'testimony' is a written statement or an utterance given by a witness under oath.
A 'judgment' is the final verdict given by a judge after hearing a case.
A 'lawsuit' is a case in a court of law through which a dispute or claim can be settled
Author:  V T Narendra

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