Definition of crime passionnel in English:

crime passionnel

Pronunciation /ˌkrēm ˌpasyəˈnel/ /ˌkrim ˌpæsjəˈnɛl/

nouncrimes passionnels

  • A crime, typically a murder, committed in a fit of sexual jealousy.

    ‘The Italian court won't grant a divorce, but a crime passionnel warrants a judicial wink and a nod.’
    • ‘He declared himself spellbound by something uniquely French, the crime passionnel, or crime of passion.’
    • ‘As in France, Monégasque justice is very lenient to what is called crime passionnel.’
    • ‘As he discovers, le crime passionnel, a concept originating in France, has a special place in many legal codes around the world.’
    • ‘No book on crime would be complete without mention of the crime passionnel, and in his chapter on this subject he includes useful hints on self-defence in the case of sexual assault.’


French, ‘crime of passion’.