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Spanish crime vocabulary

24 Aug, 2017 Popular Articles
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In today's lesson, we will learn some useful words and phrases to talk about crime in Spanish. Our word list below covers different types of crimes, criminals, court, and punishment.

Spanish crime vocabulary

Spanish crime vocabulary

Spanish crime vocabulary

Types of crime

  • crime - delito/delincuencia
  • briber - el sobornador
  • kidnapper – el secuestrador
  • murderer – el asesino
  • robber – el ladrón
  • criminal - el/la criminal
  • manslaughter - homocidio sin premeditacion
  • arsonist – el incendiario
  • blackmailer – el chantajista
  • rapist – el violador
  • mugger – el atracador
  • thief - el ladrón/la ladrona
  • drug dealer - vendedor de drogas
  • terrorist - terrorista
  • pickpocket – el/la carterista
  • vandalism – el vandalismo
  • violent crime - agresion
  • shoplifter – el ladrón de tiendas

Court language

  • witness - el testigo
  • proof - la prueba
  • evidence – la evidencia
  • crime scene - el lugar del crimen
  • jail/prison - la cárcel/la prisión
  • court – el tribunal
  • lawsuit - una demanda
  • judge – el juez / la jueza
  • jury - el jurado
  • lawyer – el abogado / la abogada
  • trial - el veredicto
  • punishment - el castigo
  • life sentence – la cadena perpetua
  • hostage – el rehén / la rehén
  • guilty – culpable
  • innocent – inocente
  • handcuffs - las esposas
  • policeman - el policia
  • suspicion - la sospecha
  • legal - legal
  • illegal - ilegal

 

Common verbs and phrases 

  • threaten – amenazar
  • assault – asaltar
  • steal – robar
  • rob – robar
  • defend – defender
  • convict – declarar culpable
  • arrest - arresto
  • ransom – el dinero de rescate
  • suspect - sospechar
  • commit a crime - cometer un delito
  • violate - violar
  • violate the law - violar la ley
  • smuggle - contrabandear
  • set fire - incendiar
  • plead guilty - confesarse culpable
  • capture - capturar
  • punish - castigar
  • accuse - acusar
  • imprison – encarcelar
  • fine - multar

See also: Spanish vocabulary - School and education

According to statistics, Spain is one of the European countries with the lowest crime rate. The above list of crimes and criminals is long. So if you find it hard to remember all words above, just note them down and revise regularly so that they will stick in your head. Follow our site to get instant Spanish to English translation, daily grammar, and vocabulary lessons.