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"Delito" is a noun which is often translated as "crime", and "crimen" is a noun which is also often translated as "crime". Learn more about the difference between "delito" and "crimen" below.
delito(
deh
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lee
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toh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (law)
a. crime
¿Sabías que es un delito cruzar la calle sin usar el paso de peatones?Did you know that it's a crime to jaywalk?
El juez condenó al acusado a cadena perpetua por cometer un delito grave.The judge gave the defendant a life sentence because he committed a serious crime.
b. offense
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Una infracción de tráfico es un delito menor sancionado con una multa.A traffic infraction is a minor offense subject to a fine.
c. offence (United Kingdom)
Todas las pruebas demostraron que el delito no lo había cometido el acusado.All of the evidence proved that the defendant did not commit the offence.
d. felony
Lo acusaron por delito a mano armada, pero no fue sentenciado.He was charged with felony for assault with a deadly weapon, but he was not convicted.
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crimen(
kree
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mehn
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (felony)
a. crime
La policía está recogiendo evidencias en la escena del crimen.The police are gathering evidence at the scene of the crime.
2. (homicide)
a. murder
Todavía no se encuentra al autor del crimen de aquella turista.They still haven't found the person responsible for the murder of that tourist.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(reprehensible action)
a. crime
Es realmente un crimen dejar pasar hambre a esos pobres perros.It's a real crime to let those poor dogs go hungry.
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