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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Culprit


CULPRIT, noun [supposed to be formed from cul, for culpable, and prit, ready; certain abbreviations used by the clerks in noting the arraignment of criminals; the prisoner is guilty, and the king is ready to prove him so.]

1. A person arraigned in court for a crime.

2. Any person convicted of a crime; a criminal.