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CEFR C2 Vocabulary - Crime

Here you will learn all the essential words for talking about Crime, collected specifically for level C2 learners.

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CEFR C2 Vocabulary
witness tampering
[noun]
the act of unlawfully influencing or intimidating a witness in a legal case
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cold case
[noun]
a criminal investigation that has remained unsolved for a significant period and lacks recent investigative leads
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vigilante
[noun]
an individual or group of individuals who take the law into their own hands, acting outside the legal system to enforce their version of justice or address perceived wrongs
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felony
[noun]
a serious crime such as arson, murder, rape, etc.
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misdemeanor
[noun]
an action that is considered wrong or unacceptable yet not very serious
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embezzlement
[noun]
the act of stealing funds that are placed in one's trust and belong to one's employer
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extortion
[noun]
a crime where someone forces another person to give them money or valuable things by threatening or intimidating them
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mobster
[noun]
a member of a criminal organization, often involved in organized crime such as racketeering, extortion, and other illicit activities
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battery
[noun]
the intentional and unlawful physical contact or harm inflicted on another person
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delinquency
[noun]
a minor crime or misdeed, especially of a young person
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recidivism
[noun]
the tendency of a person who has been convicted of a criminal offense to reoffend, leading to their re-arrest, reconviction, or return to criminal behavior
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libel
[noun]
a published false statement that damages a person's reputation
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gangland
[noun]
the environment or territory associated with criminal gangs, particularly those engaged in organized crime, violence, and illicit activities
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to despoil
[verb]
to take valuables by force, often resulting in destruction or damage
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to forge
[verb]
to create a fake copy or imitation of something
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to loot
[verb]
to illegally obtain or exploit copyrighted or patented material for personal gain
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to collude
[verb]
‌to cooperate secretly or illegally for deceiving other people
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to poach
[verb]
to illegally hunt, catch, or fish on another person's property or in prohibited areas
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to pilfer
[verb]
to steal small quantities or insignificant items
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to appropriate
[verb]
to take something for one's own use, especially illegally or without the owner's permission
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to con
[verb]
to deceive someone in order to deprive them of something, such as money, property, or information
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to counterfeit
[verb]
to imitate, copy, or reproduce something, especially currency or goods, with the intent to deceive by passing off the imitation as genuine
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to incriminate
[verb]
to provide evidence or information that suggests a person's involvement in a crime or wrongdoing
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to perpetrate
[verb]
to commit a harmful, illegal, or immoral act, such as a crime or an offense
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to perjure
[verb]
to lie in a court of law after officially swearing to tell the truth
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to extort
[verb]
to illegally obtain money, property, or services from someone through threat of harm or force
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to trespass
[verb]
to enter someone's land or building without permission
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to carjack
[verb]
to forcibly steal a vehicle from its driver, often involving threats or violence
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to bootleg
[verb]
to produce, distribute, or sell illicit or unauthorized goods
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to swindle
[verb]
to use deceit in order to deprive someone of their money or other possessions
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