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culprit

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Definition someone responsible for a wrongdoing — especially a criminal; or something that caused a problem

More rarely culprit can reference anything identified as the cause of a problem — such as a defective part that broke a machine.
  • We will find and punish the culprit.
culprit = person responsible for a wrongdoing
  • Most historians doubt that lead poisoning was a major culprit in the decline of the Roman Empire.
  • culprit = thing that caused a problem
  • Did they catch the culprit?
  • culprit = person responsible for a wrongdoing
  • I will hunt out the culprit and bring him to you.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • culprit = person responsible for a wrongdoing
  • They are the real culprits.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • culprits = people responsible for a wrongdoing
  • The smell of body odor hung over them like a stinky mist, and he just hoped he wasn't the worst culprit.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • culprit = person responsible for a wrongdoing
  • There was no voice of rebuke; but there were averted eyes; there was a silence and an air of solemnity that struck a chill to the culprit's heart.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • culprit = person responsible for a wrongdoing
  • His face pulled down on the left side, as if a pulley had been attached to his lower teeth, and his left hand was only a mite bigger than Bailey's, but on the second mistake or on the third hesitation his big overgrown right hand would catch one of us behind the collar, and in the same moment would thrust the culprit toward the dull red heater, which throbbed like a devil's toothache.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • culprit = someone responsible for a wrongdoing
  • Because if word of it gets out, the culprits will have their first victory.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • culprits = people responsible for a wrongdoing
  • The culprit is far too cunning to be apprehended for this dastardly deed.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • culprit = someone responsible for a crime
  • Mr. Earnshaw snatched up the culprit directly and conveyed him to his chamber; where, doubtless, he administered a rough remedy to cool the fit of passion, for he appeared red and breathless.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • culprit = person responsible for a wrongdoing
  • Their arrival was dreaded by the elder Miss Bennets, and Jane more especially, who gave Lydia the feelings which would have attended herself, had she been the culprit, and was wretched in the thought of what her sister must endure.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • culprit = person responsible for a wrongdoing
  • Once the town was terrorized by a series of morbid nocturnal events: people's chickens and household pets were found mutilated; although the culprit was Crazy Addie, who eventually drowned himself in Barker's Eddy, people still looked at the Radley Place, unwilling to discard their initial suspicions.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • culprit = person responsible for wrongdoing
  • The culprit must have known it was only a matter of time before I caught him.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • culprit = person responsible for wrongdoing
  • Who are the culprits?
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • culprits = people responsible for a wrongdoing
  • The culprit is far too cunning to be apprehended for this dastardly deed.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • culprit = someone responsible for a crime
  • Have you caught the culprit?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • I am hopeful that this dreadful year will end with our catching the culprit.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • The culprit has been taken away —
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • It is likely that the school will be closed unless the culprit behind these attacks is caught.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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