Don't Do the Crime, If You Can't Do the Time!

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Essential Vocabulary for the GRE - Don't Do the Crime, If You Can't Do the Time!

Essential Vocabulary for the GRE
wardennoun

the chief official in charge of a prison

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vigilantenoun

member of a vigilance committee

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to trespassverb

to enter someone's land or building without permission

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treasonnoun

a crime that undermines the offender's government

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alibinoun

proof that indicates a person was somewhere other than the place where a crime took place and therefore could not have committed it

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appropriationnoun

a deliberate act of acquisition of something, often without the permission of the owner

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batterynoun

an assault in which the assailant makes physical contact

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to blackmailverb

to demand funds or another benefit from someone in exchange for not damaging their reputation

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to bootlegverb

sell illicit products such as drugs or alcohol

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capital punishmentnoun

the killing of a criminal as punishment

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thieverynoun

the act of taking something from someone unlawfully

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to swindleverb

to use deceit in order to deprive someone of their money or possessions

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statutory rapenoun

sexual intercourse with a person (girl or boy) who has not reached the age of consent (even if both parties participate willingly)

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to stalk
to stalkverb

follow stealthily or recur constantly and spontaneously to

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solitary confinementnoun

confinement of a prisoner in isolation from other prisoners

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carjackingnoun

the act of violently stealing a car while someone is inside it

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to colludeverb

‌to cooperate secretly or illegally for deceiving other people

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complicitynoun

guilt as an accomplice in a crime or offense

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to confiscateverb

to officially seize or take away something from someone, usually as punishment

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contrabandnoun

goods that are taken into or out of a country illegally

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defamationnoun

an abusive attack on a person's character or good name

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to embezzleverb

appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use

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entrapmentnoun

a defense that claims the defendant would not have broken the law if not tricked into doing it by law enforcement officials

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to exileverb

to expel or banish someone from their native country, usually due to political reasons or for punishment

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to extraditeverb

to use a legal process to send an accused person back to the state or country where the crime was committed to be put on trial

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forgerynoun

the criminal act of making a copy of a document, money, etc. to do something illegal

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furloughnoun

a temporary release of a convict from prison

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to gaslightverb

*** manipulate (someone) by psychological means into questioning their own sanity.

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genocidenoun

a mass murder committed in order to destroy a particular nation, religious or ethnic group, or race

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grand larcenynoun

larceny of property having a value greater than some amount (the amount varies by locale)

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guillotinenoun

instrument of execution that consists of a weighted blade between two vertical poles; used for beheading people

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to hustleverb

to convince or make someone to do something

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to incarcerateverb

lock up or confine, in or as in a jail

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to incriminateverb

bring an accusation against; level a charge against

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informantnoun

a person who supplies information

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intrudernoun

someone who intrudes on the privacy or property of another without permission

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to launderverb

to make some alterations in order to make something that has been obtained illegally, especially money and currency appear legal or acceptable

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to kidnapverb

to take someone away and hold them in captivity, typically to demand something for their release

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misdemeanornoun

an action that is considered wrong or unacceptable yet not very serious

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mugshotnoun

a photograph of someone's face (especially one made for police records)

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