Culprit

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Definition: Culprit


Quick Summary of Culprit


An individual who has been formally charged with a criminal offense but who has not yet been tried and convicted.




Full Definition of Culprit


Culprit is a colloquial rather than a legal term and is commonly applied to someone who is guilty of a minor degree of moral reprehensibility. According to Sir William Blackstone, the term is most likely a derivative of the archaic mode of arraignment during which upon a prisoner’s plea of not guilty the cleric would say culpabilis prit, meaning “he is guilty and the crown is ready.” The more common derivation is from culpa, meaning “fault or blame.”


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Culprit are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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