Criminals Vocabulary

Most countries have laws (official rules set by the government). Together, these laws are called "the Law". When people disobey the Law, we say that they "break the law", and we call such people "law breakers" or "criminals". Breaking the law is a "crime".

This criminal (noun) does this... crime (noun) action (verb)
accomplice helps another person to commit a crime aiding and abetting aid and abet
arsonist sets fire to other people's property illegally arson commit arson
assassin kills people for political reasons, or in return for payment assassination assassinate
bigamist marries more than one person at the same time bigamy commit bigamy
burglar breaks in to buildings to steal burglary burgle
deserter is a member of the armed forces who leaves without permission desertion desert
drug dealer buys and sells illegal drugs drug dealing deal in drugs
forger makes fake money or documents forgery forge
gangster is a member of a violent criminal gang (group) gangsterism -
hijacker takes control of a vehicle (plane, ship etc) by force and diverts it hijacking hijack
hooligan is a violent young troublemaker hooliganism -
kidnapper takes people away by force and demands money to free them kidnapping kidnap
mugger attacks and robs people in a public place mugging mug
murderer deliberately kills another person murder murder
offender is anybody who breaks the law committing an offence offend
pickpocket steals money etc from other people's pockets pickpocketing pickpocket
robber steals money etc, using force or the threat of force robbery rob
shoplifter steals goods from a shop while pretending to be a customer shoplifting shoplift
smuggler moves goods illegally into or out of a country without paying tax smuggling smuggle
spy secretly gets information about another country spying spy
industrial spy secretly gets information about a company industrial spying spy
stowaway hides on a plane or ship to travel secretly and free stowing away stow away
terrorist uses violence for political reasons terrorism commit terrorism
thief steals property from other people (without using violence) theft thieve
traitor betrays his country to another country treachery betray
vandal deliberately destroys or damages public property vandalism vandalize