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Sherlock Holmes (right) and Dr. Watson, by Sidney Paget
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"Legislators and leaders of men, such as Lycurgus, Solon, Mahomet, Napoleon, and so on, were all without exception criminals, from the very fact that, making a new law they transgressed the ancient one, handed down from their ancestors and held sacred by the people, and they did not stop short at bloodshed either, if that bloodshed often of innocent persons fighting bravely in defence of ancient law were of use to their cause." -- Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment tr. Constance Garnett

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A crime is an act that violates a political, religious, or moral command considered important in protecting the interests of the State or the welfare of its citizens or subjects. The word "crime" came from Latin crimen (genitive criminis), from the Latin cernō and Greek κρινω = "I judge". Originally it meant "charge, guilt, accusation." In everyday usage, a crime is understood as any act that violates a law.

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A criminal is a person who is guilty of a crime, notably breaking the law.

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