culprit culprit  /ˈkəl prɪt/


  • (n) someone who perpetrates wrongdoing


  1. No one should stop taking fenphen without consulting a physician; there are dangers in stopping cold turkey, and it is too early to say for certain that the culprit is fenphen.
  2. Reno's admission could set off the conspiracy buffs, but the culprit may be a sloppy FBI bureaucracy September 6, 1999.
  3. Most important, they devour carbon dioxide, the primary culprit in global warming.


  1. Spot starters help Brewers right ship amid injuries

    Through the first two months of the season, everybody pointed to the Brewers' starting pitching staff as the main culprit of a rough start to the season. Now, Milwaukee's starters are the main reason for a hot stretch in June.
    on June 23, 2013     Source: Milwaukee Brewers

  2. 'Happy Talk' review: Pay attention in this kaleidoscopic, magic show

    The actual plot starts when our hero, Culprit Clutch, falls from an airplane, where he has been skywriting.
    on June 22, 2013     Source: The Oregonian

  3. Why Americans Pointlessly Pay Up for Brand-Name Drugs

    Culprit No. 1: poorly informed consumers. Culprit No. 2: the rich.        
    on June 21, 2013     Source: The Atlantic

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  1. "Justice has been done," Moscow city prosecutor Yuri Syomin said after the sentencing. "The culprit has been held accountable."
    on Oct 29, 2007 By: Yuri Semin Source: Forbes

  2. "Commodity prices are the main culprit for the global phase of inflation that we are experiencing," Trichet said. "Nobody has anything to gain if we continue to have a high level, certainly not the demand side and certainly not the supply...
    on Sep 10, 2008 By: Jean-Claude Trichet Source: Baltimore Sun

  3. "We're kind of shooting ourselves in the foot a little bit," Bradley said. "We didn't take care of the baseball very well in Colorado, myself the main culprit. Tonight we had the lead, and just gave them a run [in the eighth] and fell short....
    on Aug 11, 2009 By: Milton Bradley Source: Chicago Tribune

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