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Vocabuilder: The Legal System

VOCAB LIST: Crimes


arson – using fire to destroy something

assassination – killing a leader or important person (usually for political reasons)

assault – attacking or intentionally hurting another person

bribery – paying money to influence a government official

burglary – breaking into a house or building, usually to steal something (one kind of “theft”)

embezzlement – stealing from an employer (one kind of “theft”)

forgery – writing another person’s signature (on a contract or check, for example)

fraud – lying or making a false statement that causes harm to another person

hijacking – taking control of an airplane or other vehicle by force

kidnapping – taking a person (often a child) and demanding money

manslaughter – killing another person without premeditation (without planning)

murder – killing another person with premeditation (with planning)

perjury – lying when testifying in court

pick-pocketing – stealing money by taking it from other people’s pockets (one kind of “theft”)

robbery – using force or threats to directly steal money from another person (one kind of “theft”)

shoplifting – stealing items from a store

smuggling – sneaking illegal items from one country to another country

terrorism – using threats or violence against innocent people for political/religious reasons

theft – stealing from others (includes burglary, embezzlement, pick-pocketing, robbery, etc.)

trespassing – going onto another person’s property without permission

vandalism – destroying another person’s property

 

Vocabuilder: The Legal System

VOCAB REVIEW: Crimes

arson

assassination

assault

bribery

burglary

embezzlement forgery manslaughter

fraud

hijacking

kidnapping


Fill in the blanks below with words from the box above.


1. The person who broke into a house and stole a TV was convicted of ___________.


2. The woman who lied on her income tax forms was charged with ___________.


3. The men who used knives to take over an airplane were guilty of ___________.


4. The man who attacked me and hit me over and over was convicted of ___________.


5. The woman who stole money from her employer was charged with ___________.


6. The businessman who offered money to the politician is being accused of ___________.


7. The person who got in a fight with his friend and killed him committed ___________.


8. The man who burned down his house for the insurance money is charged with insurance fraud and ___________.


9. The person who took my children and demanded that I pay $1,000,000 was convicted of ___________.


10. I signed my mom’s name on one of her checks, so I was charged with ___________.


11. The man who shot the president was convicted of ___________.

 

Vocabuilder: The Legal System

VOCAB REVIEW: Crimes

 

murder
perjury pick-pocketing theft

robbery

shoplifting

smuggling

terrorism

trespassing vandalism

 

 

Fill in the blanks below with words from the box above.

 

 

1. The person who lied in court was charged with __________.


2. The man who stole people’s money in the train station was accused of __________.


3. The man who used a gun to steal people’s money in the park was convicted of _________.


4. Robbery, burglary, and pick-pocketing are all kinds of __________.

 

5. The juvenile who painted his name on my neighbor’s house was charged with __________.


6. The woman who stole cigarettes from the convenience store was convicted of __________.


7. The men who hijacked the plane and flew it into the church were guilty of __________.


8. The person who killed his boss after planning for several weeks is being charged with __________.

 

9. The woman who tried to take drugs into Brazil was convicted of __________.


10. The kids who were playing on my lawn were acquitted of __________ because there was not enough evidence to convict them.

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