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    Crime or criminality

    Is there a difference between "crime" and "criminality"? I would appreciate some examples to clarify the difference.

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    Re: Crime or criminality

    Crime the actual act, or the sum of all actual acts. "Crime has decreased in New York City." Criminality is the mental attitude or philosophy which leads one to crime. "Sending young men to prison for minor offences only breeds criminality."

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    Re: Crime or criminality

    You can commit a crime. You can't commit a criminality.


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    Re: Crime or criminality

    Thank you for your quick replies and clear examples. I understand the distinction much better now.

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