Names for Crimes Quiz

Name the crimes described below.
All answers are a single word
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Last updated: November 14, 2018
First submittedJanuary 23, 2013
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Description
Crime
Illegal fire-starting
Arson
Intentional homicide
Murder
Mugging, for example
Robbery
Holding a person against their will
Kidnapping
Defamation in print
Libel
Sneaking in and stealing something
Burglary
Spoken defamation
Slander
Lying in court
Perjury
Blackmail
Extortion
Having two spouses
Bigamy
Hanging around too long
Loitering
Description
Crime
Illegal importation
Smuggling
Illegal hunting
Poaching
Shopping for a prostitute
Solicitation
Stealing from your employer, for example
Embezzlement
Being where you're not supposed to
Trespass
Illegal deception for personal gain
Fraud
Illegal payments in exchange for influence
Bribery
The act of betraying one's country
Treason
Physical assault
Battery
Defacing property
Vandalism
Meeting to arrange a future crime
Conspiracy
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Level 85
Feb 23, 2013
Mugging - why not accept theft?
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Level 74
May 21, 2014
Because mugging is specifically taking something from a person, while theft is a very broad term for simply taking something that doesn't belong to you.
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Level ∞
Nov 9, 2014
Theft will work now
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Level 78
Jun 1, 2017
Agree. All muggings and robberies are thefts, but not all thefts are muggings or robberies. If theft is accepted for mugging, then it should also be accepted for burglary and embezzlement.
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Level 37
Jun 3, 2017
Technically, robbery is the taking from another person. Higher penalties than simple theft because of the increased chance someone could be hurt. Same theory as with burglary which (at common law) was stealing from a residence--increased chance someone might be there--and at common law required the crime to occur at night. Then, there were serious penalties. They've weakened the law by statute, expanding it to any building and any time of day and weakening penalties. BTW, conspiracy just requires a meeting of the minds, not a physical meeting. And kidnapping requires moving the person held even a tiny distance, though statutes define it today. "False imprisonment" is the crime for simply holding a person against their will.
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Level 72
Apr 28, 2020
Robbery is theft with either the use of violence or the threat of violence - that's why the longer sentences.
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Level 33
Feb 23, 2013
Great quiz!
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Level 65
Feb 23, 2013
Somehow, I got "burglary" last. I typed in "robbery" and "theft" about six times each before I took a breath and thought it through.
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Level 57
Feb 23, 2013
couldn't bigamy-having 2 spouses also be known as cheating on someone? just a suggestion.
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Level 63
Nov 23, 2018
Cheating and adultery aren't crimes in most countries.
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Level 38
Feb 23, 2013
polygamy is also having two wives... kill is also murder could you add these because there also crimes: forgery harassment rape shoplifting stalking
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Level 72
Feb 27, 2013
poly = many. Bi = two. Kill is not the name of the crime...unless you are a big fan of Demolition Man, but even then, it's Murder Death Kill. So come on...
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Level 67
Apr 22, 2015
Polygamy is defined as "the practice of having more than one spouse" So it fits, just because Bi means two doesn't mean that this answer is incorrect. Polygamy, by definition, is also a correct answer to this clue.
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Level 67
Apr 20, 2019
It isnt wrong but it isnt right. It specifically asks for two.
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Level 35
Aug 2, 2013
There really should be more acceptable answers. Theft and breaking and entering would be handy.
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Level 82
Dec 4, 2014
"Breaking and entering" is 3 words.
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Level 67
Apr 20, 2019
Ah, i tried that one aswell, didnt realize it was only one word (i usually read the description, but didnt think there could be much that needed description with this one) now i know why it wasnt accepted
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Level 55
Apr 28, 2020
Excuse me. breakingandentering
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Level 77
Mar 26, 2014
I couldn't get the Hamburgler out of my head for some reason.
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Level 72
Jun 24, 2014
I tried premeditated murder, capital murder, 1st degree murder, but missed it because I never tried just "Murder". 2nd degree murder is not necessarily intentional. Often it is in the heat of the moment and the person does not really intend to kill anyone. So, intentional homicide can't just be called murder. 2nd degree can be Unintentional. Good quiz.
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Level 58
Apr 22, 2015
Definition: Second-degree murder is ordinarily defined as: an intentional killing that is not premeditated or planned, nor committed in a reasonable "heat of passion". Thus making it "intentional homicide". I believe unintentional homicide is called manslaughter, making it a different crime than murder, and murder being perfectly acceptable as an all encompassing answer.
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Level 44
Apr 22, 2015
Could you maybe accept a few alternate spellings for "perjury"?
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Level 68
Apr 22, 2015
Penalty for bigamy = complete second set of in-laws
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Level 7
Apr 22, 2015
Great test all were accurate
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Level 59
Apr 22, 2015
different. good, thanks. picky but pls accept "kidnap" without the -ing like you do for "trepass"
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Level 67
Apr 20, 2019
I think it allready accepted just tres... which was annoying.,
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Level 48
Apr 22, 2015
Solicitation is a crime? Really?
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Level 77
Apr 22, 2015
Depends on what country, state or county you are in.
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Level 66
Jun 1, 2017
Yeah, I almost missed that one thinking "I don't know - that's not illegal here". Nor should it be anywhere, but that's just my opinion. :)
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Level 76
Apr 22, 2015
In the UK Slander & Libel are civil wrongs ,ie. 'torts', not criminal offences. Is it different in the US?
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Level 56
Apr 22, 2015
Can you accept "Kidnap"
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Level 61
Apr 22, 2015
Could you also accept 'larceny' for theft?
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Level 60
Apr 22, 2015
I feel like blackmail could also be "coercion".
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Level 71
Apr 23, 2015
I thought payola should be accepted for bribery, but I understand that it's not precisely the same.
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Level 53
Oct 5, 2015
10th grade business law helped!
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Level 72
Oct 12, 2016
To those asking for kidnap to be accepted - the offence is defined (in all legal codes of which I am aware, and certainly in the UK and the US) as 'kidnapping'. The word 'kidnap' is occasionally used in legal journals, and even government documents, to refer to the laws concerning abduction generally, but the statutes and common law offences (and therefore the indictment) always refer to 'kidnapping'. To ask for 'kidnap' to be accepted is like asking for 'Solicit' or 'Burgle' (or, conversely 'Murdering') So, the Quizmaster is entirely correct in refusing to allow kidnap. I agree with kdc4 - robbery and mugging require force or its threat whereas theft does not. Therefore theft should NOT be accepted. @BazMcHat - unless it has changed since I left UK law school 30 years ago, libel IS a criminal offence in the UK (whereas slander is not). Both are torts (as indeed are most crimes). Despite all the above, I only got 4 as I couldn't think of Poaching.
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Level 24
Oct 24, 2016
Love the quiz! Can you add more, please? :D
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Level 65
May 28, 2017
I missed 50% of these. I only got correct those that I have committed.
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Level 14
Jun 1, 2017
Robbery and burglary are technically the same thing
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Level 72
Jun 1, 2017
Not in the UK at least. Robbery is theft with violence whereas burglary is theft with trespass.
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Level 78
Jun 1, 2017
They aren't in the US, either. However definitions differ from state to state. For example, in Missouri, a charge of First Degree Burglary requires that someone who is armed, unlawfully enters or remains in a structure where another person is present who is not involved in the burglary. Second Degree Burglary is simply unlawfully entering a building with the intent to commit a crime. Second Degree Robbery is forcibly taking property and causing physical injury, while First Degree Robbery is forcibly stealing property while either seriously injuring another, having a deadly weapon, displaying a real or fake weapon, threatening another with a weapon, or stealing controlled substances from a pharmacy. Unless QM wanted to list all the definitions from each state and country, he did fine with the quiz the way it is.
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Level 41
Jun 1, 2017
Wouldn't holding someone against their will be false imprisonment? Isn't kidnapping moving someone against their will?
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Level 49
Jun 1, 2017
Trespass isn't a crime in the United Kingdom. Maybe specify that this is for US crimes?
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Level 60
Jun 1, 2017
It can be. Mostly it's a tort and therefore a civil issue, but criminal trespass exists in the UK - Criminal Justice and Public Order Act, 1994.
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Level 37
Jun 1, 2017
what about abduction for kidnapping
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Level 54
Jun 1, 2017
For sneaking in and stealing something, could you accept breaking and entering as a possible answer?
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Level 49
Jun 1, 2017
Blackmail and extortion are two different things. Doesn't make sense to use blackmail as a description for extortion or vice versa.
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Level 45
Jun 1, 2017
For fraud, I was thinking identity theft, but I forgot it can only be 1 word.
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Level 56
Sep 22, 2017
Embezzlement seemed a little vague from the clue
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Level 63
Nov 23, 2018
Agreed. Embezzlement is a financial crime. Not all stealing from your employer is embezzlement. You can't embezzle pens from your office.
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Level 73
Feb 25, 2019
try stopping me
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Level 67
Apr 20, 2019
Haha
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Level 37
Apr 21, 2019
^ +1 - Taking a pen or a ream of paper is simple theft, not embezzlement. Embezzlement means appropriating money that is not yours, such as altering the books to conceal your embezzlement, breaking open the company safe or stealing and cashing checks made out to your boss or forging his signature to obtain funds from the company's bank account..
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Level 34
Apr 21, 2020
Completely agree. Embezzlement had an incorrect description. The description had me thinking of employees taking home a few office supplies. The clue should make mention of misappropriation of money as your own. This really should be corrected.
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Level 67
Apr 20, 2019
Never heard of libel. Perjury isnt ringing as big a bell as it should. I kept thinking of other words like mutany and forgery. Tough in another language when you know the time is ticking
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Level 66
Apr 20, 2019
I think vagrancy should be accepted alongside loitering
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Level 37
Apr 21, 2019
A vagrant is someone who has set up house illegally (on the streets or in an abandoned building for example), while a loiterer is someone who frequents any particular location (like hanging out on corner, watching all the girls go by) for either nefarious purposes (to "case" a building, for example) or simply to annoy.
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Level 58
Apr 21, 2019
I think "libel" and "slander" are torts, not crimes.
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Level 39
Apr 21, 2019
this was a great one! I wouldn't mind another, although it might be hard to find.
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Level 68
Apr 21, 2019
For bigamy, can you accept polygamy as well?
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Level 37
Apr 21, 2019
s sated previously, BIgamy is two wives; POLYgamy is many wives. While Bigamy is technically polygamy, the word would not exist if it did not specifically meant to refer to two, rather than many.
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Level 51
Apr 28, 2020
I don't buy that, having 2 wives could be described as either, so either should be accepted. And in most cases only polygamy is used because it doesn't unnecessarily restrict the scope of the crime.
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Level 71
Apr 29, 2020
However, if you guys want to get that technical, I believe the question asks for having two spouses, and Bigamy specifically means two wives. I believe there is a different word for multiple spouses and thus, bigamy is technically incorrect.
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Level 20
Feb 3, 2020
I gotta crime: I break into Tiffany's at midnight. Do I go for the vault? No, I go for the chandelier. It's priceless. As I'm taking it down, a woman catches me. She tells me to stop. It's her father's business. She's Tiffany. I say no. We make love all night. In the morning, the cops come and I escape in one of their uniforms. I tell her to meet me in Mexico, but I go to Canada. I don't trust her. Besides, I like the cold. Thirty years later, I get a postcard. I have a son and he's the chief of police. This is where the story gets interesting. I tell Tiffany to meet me in Paris by the Trocadero. She's been waiting for me all these years. She's never taken another lover. I don't care. I don't show up. I go to Berlin. That's where I stashed the chandelier.
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Level 34
Apr 21, 2020
I thin the definition for trespass needs some work. Being where you don't belong is much to vague and doesn't really fit the crime.
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Level 38
Apr 27, 2020
Great quiz! Could you please consider multiple spellings for perjury? I tried everything from purjery to purgery and perjory, but somehow never landed on the correct spelling.
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Level 83
Apr 28, 2020
I wonder how many of these Trump is guilty of? Gotta be at least one.
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Level 66
Apr 28, 2020
Got robbery by typing theft, but missed burglary.
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Level 80
Apr 28, 2020
If Donald Trump kidnaps someone and sets a building on fire he'll have done pretty much everything on this list.
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Level 51
Apr 28, 2020
Um, I wouldn't go for Trump if I was looking for an example of someone who's pretty much done all of them. MBS or Kim Fatty III maybe...
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Level 80
Apr 29, 2020
go down the list. He's literally done most of these things.
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Level 80
Aug 1, 2020
and given his ties to Epstein it's reasonable to assume that he's participated in false imprisonment of a trafficked minor at least once, too. Could be charged as kidnapping. So that only leaves arson.
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Level 22
Apr 28, 2020
fun quiz :)
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Level 52
Apr 28, 2020
Please accept "bribe" and "bribing" for bribery.
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Level 81
Apr 28, 2020
In the US, poverty is a crime.
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Level 65
Apr 28, 2020
Some of these are a little off. "Burglary" is not just sneaking in and stealing something. That's theft. "Burglary" is breaking in to the property of another with the intent to commit a felony therein (the most common felony in that instance is theft, hence the common misperception, but you can commit burlgary via arson, murder, battery, etc.). You should accept "imprisonment" as an alternative answer for the kidnapping clue. "Kidnapping" requires that you actually abduct someone before holding them against their will. "Imprisonment" more precisely fits the clue (for example, someone comes to your home willingly, but you refuse to let them leave -- that's imprisonment but not kidnapping). "Physical assault" is contradictory as a legal term. "Assault" is conduct that *threatens* physical harm. Once you actually hit someone, it's no longer assault. It's battery. "Physically harming another" would be better.
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Level 56
Apr 28, 2020
Could you accept just "kidnap"?
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Level 18
Apr 29, 2020
This was a harder quiz than other ones
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Level 67
Apr 29, 2020
Depending on how hard you hit someone, I guess there are different types of battery: AA, AAA, etc.
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Level 65
Apr 29, 2020
Damn current events. I could only think of quid pro quo for bribery.
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Level 45
May 2, 2020
What a world we live in, when the president of the US has done several of these...
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Level 38
May 23, 2020
dang I kept typing in poligamy.
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Level 64
Aug 1, 2020
Burglary is trespass with the intent to commit a felony within the premises. The felony does not need to be theft, although that is the most common. Note that burglary requires ‘intent’ only; there is typically no requirement that the felony actually be committed (requirements vary slightly by state). However, burglary is always punished more severely than theft when the stolen goods are the same value. Robbery is theft using violence or the threat of violence. The penalties are much more severe than mere theft. If you stole a $100 watch, you might not even get jail time. But point a gun at someone and steal an identical watch, and you’re likely looking at years in prison. TL;DR: The terms ‘burglary’, ‘robbery’, and ‘theft’ are literally different crimes, with different requirements and very different sentences. Burglary doesn’t require theft; theft cannot include violence; and robbers must use violence. They are not interchangeable. P.S. I’m a lawyer; we nitpick professionally.
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Level 55
Aug 24, 2020
Please add kidnap as a legal answer
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Level 34
Sep 25, 2020
Holding someone against their will would be false imprisonment. Kidnapping is taking someone against their will
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Level 47
Sep 25, 2020
Polygamy for Bigamy?