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culprit


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Culprit  \Cul"prit\  (k[u^]l"pr?t),  n.  [Prob.  corrupted  for 
  culpate,  fr  Law  Latin  culpatus  the  accused,  p.  p.  of  L. 
  culpare  to  blame.  See  {Culpable}.] 
  1.  One  accused  of  or  arraigned  for  a  crime,  as  before  a 
  judge. 
 
  An  author  is  in  the  condition  of  a  culprit;  the 
  public  are  his  judges.  --Prior. 
 
  2.  One  quilty  of  a  fault;  a  criminal. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  culprit 
  n  :  someone  who  perpetrates  wrongdoing  [syn:  {perpetrator}] 




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