Crossword clues for delinquent
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Delinquent \De*lin"quent\a. [L. delinquens, -entis, p. pr. of delinquere to fail, be wanting in one's duty, do wrong; de- + linquere to leave. See Loan, n.] Failing in duty; offending by neglect of duty.
Delinquent \De*lin"quent\, n. One who fails or neglects to perform his duty; an offender or transgressor; one who commits a fault or a crime; a culprit.
A delinquent ought to be cited in the place or
jurisdiction where the delinquency was committed.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 15c., from Middle French délinquant, from present participle of délinquer (15c.), and directly from Latin delinquentum (nominative delinquens), present participle of delinquere "to fail; be wanting, fall short; offend," from de- "completely" (see de-) + linquere "to leave" (see relinquish). As an adjective, from c.1600.
a. 1 late or failing to pay a debt or other financial obligation, like a mortgage or loan. 2 Failing in or neglectful of a duty or obligation; guilty of a misdeed or offense n. 1 One who disobeys or breaks rules or laws. 2 (context obsolete English) a term applied to royalists by their opponents in the English Civil War 1642 - 1645. Charles I was known as the chief delinquent.
adj. guilty of a minor misdeed; "delinquent minors"
persistently bad; "school for delinquent boys"
past due; not paid at the scheduled time; "an overdue installment"; "a delinquent account" [syn: overdue]
n. a young offender [syn: juvenile delinquent]
Usage examples of "delinquent".
He knew that Major - de Coverley was his executive officer, but he did not know what that meant, and he could not decide whether in Major - de Coverley he was blessed with a lenient superior or cursed with a delinquent subordinate.
The Purple Gang graduated from juvenile delinquents to mobsters with the rackets that new liquor laws inspired.
Though the moneylenders were not Roman officials, they employed Roman officials to collect when debts became delinquent.
A club could be formed, perhaps, as was usually done in movies about delinquents.
The Arkansas court order changing custody and the order adjudicating Echols a delinquent were entered three days later, on September 14.
Fourth: establishment by the educational authorities, or by the State of reformatory schools, for youthful delinquents and juvenile adults regardless of physical weakness, deprivations or disease.
Here, the poorest or most unruly of Brock Marsh’s delinquent chymists and thaumaturges fought for space with charlatans and liars.
Wertham about how comics turned kids into juvenile delinquents and homos, and how they glorified aces and jokers, and so his mother had let them take Tom's collection.
I have shaped pieces of string into Kashubian potato fields and Norman pastures, and peopled the resulting landscape, which I call Europe for short, with such figures as post office defenders, grocers, people on rostrums, people at the foot of the rostrums, schoolboys with cornucopias, expiring museum attendants, juvenile delinquents preparing for Christmas, Polish cavalrymen at sunset, ants that make history.
Chapter Four In which Esther gets a nose job Next evening, prim and nervous-thighed in a rear seat of the crosstown bus, Esther divided her attention between the delinquent wilderness outside and a paperback copy of The Search for Bridey Murphy.
But as he looked at it, he began to see the little differences and he knew that here was nothing he'd ever seen before or heard of - that it most certainly was not a wandering automatic washer or a delinquent dehumidifier.
The labor was performed by convicts, prisoners of war, delinquent debtors and confirmed bachelors who were too poor to pay the high celibate tax which all red-Martian governments impose.
That were to give a Stab to my Client, in allowing him a Delinquent so far, that he cou'd not be sav'd without an Act of Grace.
X controlled legions of criminals ranging from spankable delinquents up to international crime lords.
Megan had never spoken to him about that period of his life at any length, never gotten the gist of why he looked back on a past that included being the junior member of a father-son hustling team, a borderline juvenile delinquent, and, by her standards, a victim of child exploitation-what else would you call being kept truant from school to hold a cue stick in a dive full of chronic gamblers?