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culprit

Law a person awaiting trial, esp one who has pleaded not guilty
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Menneville and his men, who were dragging along the culprits, were within ten paces of the door.
The archers were dragging the culprits to the gibbets.
The bands of the culprits were then removed, and they lost no time in taking their departure, still under the influence of abject terror, and scarcely crediting their senses that they had escaped the merited punishment of their offenses.
When crime has been committed, and God, doubtless in anger, turns away his face, it is for the physician to bring the culprit to justice.
Mademoiselle de Villefort is the culprit -- she is the poisoner
There can be no outrage, methinks, against our common nature -- whatever be the delinquencies of the individual -- no outrage more flagrant than to forbid the culprit to hide his face for shame; as it was the essence of this punishment to do.
The unhappy culprit sustained herself as best a woman might, under the heavy weight of a thousand unrelenting eyes, all fastened upon her, and concentrated at her bosom.
Reed-that-bends," he said, addressing the young culprit by name, and in his proper language, "though the Great Spirit has made you pleasant to the eyes, it would have been better that you had not been born.
As the chief slowly uttered these words, pausing impressively between each sentence, the culprit raised his face, in deference to the other's rank and years.
inquired Geordie, wondering what punishment would be inflicted on a feminine culprit.
Bear in mind that the culprit who comes under thy jurisdiction is but a miserable man subject to all the propensities of our depraved nature, and so far as may be in thy power show thyself lenient and forbearing; for though the attributes of God are all equal, to our eyes that of mercy is brighter and loftier than that of justice.
A large number of the Bagri community people, residents of Qazi Ahmed recorded a protest demonstration for the arrest of the culprits sexually abusing their minor girl on Monday.