Lesson 2, Topic 1
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Crime Vocabulary

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Crime Vocabulary

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arson

Setting fire to a property

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assassination

To kill somebody

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assault

To physically attack somebody

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blackmail

To demand payment in return for not revealing damaging information

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bombing

Attacking a place with bombs

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bribery

Persuading somebody with money

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burglary

Illegally entering a building

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corruption

Dishonesty by those in power

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drunk driving

Driving a vehicle when under the influence of alcohol

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embezzlement

Stealing, typically money, from your employer

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espionage

Spying to obtain information

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forgery

Illegally copying something, such as a signature or document

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fraud

Cheating somebody for financial gain

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hijacking

To illegally take control of a vehicle, aircraft or ship

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hit-and-run

A vehicle strikes a person down and immediately leaves the scene

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homicide

To kill somebody

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kidnapping

To take somebody against their will and hold them captive

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manslaughter

To kill somebody accidentally

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mugging

Attacking and stealing from somebody in public

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murder

To kill somebody

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perjury

To purposefully lie under oath

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pickpocketing

To steal from somebody’s pockets

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rape

To unlawfully have sex with somebody

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robbery

To steal from somebody with the use of force

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shoplifting

To steal from a shop

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smuggling

To illegally move products in and out of a country

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speeding

To drive at a speed higher than the legal limit

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theft

To steal

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terrorism

To further political ideology through violence and crime

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trafficking

To trade something illegally

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treason

To betray your country

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trespassing

To enter somebody’s property without their permission

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vandalism

Damaging somebody’s property

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violence

To physically hurt somebody