Definition of culprit noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    culprit

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˈkʌlprət//
     
     
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  1. 1a person who has done something wrong or against the law The police quickly identified the real culprits.
  2. 2a person or thing responsible for causing a problem The main culprit in the current crisis seems to be modern farming techniques.
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