Criminal conversation
Criminal Crim"i*nal (kr?m"?-nal), a. [L. criminalis, fr. crimen: cf. F. criminel. See {Crime}.] 1. Guilty of crime or sin. [1913 Webster]

The neglect of any of the relative duties renders us criminal in the sight of God. --Rogers. [1913 Webster]

2. Involving a crime; of the nature of a crime; -- said of an act or of conduct; as, criminal carelessness. [1913 Webster]

Foppish and fantastic ornaments are only indications of vice, not criminal in themselves. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

3. Relating to crime; -- opposed to civil; as, the criminal code. [1913 Webster]

The officers and servants of the crown, violating the personal liberty, or other right of the subject . . . were in some cases liable to criminal process. --Hallam. [1913 Webster]

{Criminal action} (Law), an action or suit instituted to secure conviction and punishment for a crime.

{Criminal conversation} (Law), unlawful intercourse with a married woman; adultery; -- usually abbreviated, crim. con.

{Criminal law}, the law which relates to crimes. [1913 Webster]


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  • Criminal conversation — Criminal conversation, commonly known as crim. con., is a tort arising from adultery. History of criminal conversation It was based upon compensation for the husband s loss of property rights in his wife, the wife being regarded as his… …   Wikipedia

  • criminal conversation — criminal con·ver·sa·tion n: the tort of committing adultery with another s spouse compare alienation of affections ◇ This tort is no longer recognized in most jurisdictions. Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • criminal conversation — n. CONVERSATION (sense 2) …   English World dictionary

  • Criminal Conversation — is a novel published in 1994 by Evan Hunter, set in Brooklyn, New York. Plot Sarah Welles, 34, a private school English teacher, is happily married to Assistant District Attorney Michael Welles, Organized Crime, Manhattan. Michael Welles is… …   Wikipedia

  • criminal conversation —    obsolete    adultery    Usually committed by the woman, in whom it was thought more reprehensible, and abbreviated to crim con in legal jargon:     In 1837, Mrs Charlotte Travanion née Brereton, of Cornwall, was accused of having criminal… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • criminal conversation — Sexual intercourse of an outsider with husband or wife, or a breaking down of the covenant of fidelity. Tort action based on adultery, considered in its aspect of a civil injury to the husband or wife entitling him or her to damages; the tort of… …   Black's law dictionary

  • criminal conversation — Sexual intercourse of an outsider with husband or wife, or a breaking down of the covenant of fidelity. Tort action based on adultery, considered in its aspect of a civil injury to the husband or wife entitling him or her to damages; the tort of… …   Black's law dictionary

  • criminal conversation — noun Date: 1732 adultery considered as a tort …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • criminal conversation — Civil Law. adultery. Abbr.: crim. con. [1760 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • criminal conversation — adultery, consensual sex between a married person and someone other than his/her spouse (Law) …   English contemporary dictionary

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