A person who is responsible for a crime or other misdeed
The cause of a problem or defect
viruses could turn out to be the culprit
perpetrator: someone who perpetrates wrongdoing
A culprit, under English law properly the prisoner at the bar, is one accused of a crime. The term is used, generally, of one guilty of an offence. In origin the word is a combination of two Anglo-French legal words, culpable: guilty, and prit or prest: Old French: ready. ...
The person or thing at fault for a problem or crime
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crim. law. When a prisoner is arraigned, and he pleads not guilty, in the English practice, the clerk, who arraigns him on behalf of the crown, replies that the prisoner is guilty, and that he is ready to prove the accusation; this is done by two monosyllables, cul. prit. ...
An individual who has been formally charged with a criminal offense but who has not yet been tried and convicted.
A wrongdoer; somebody who is responsible for or guilty of an offense or misdeed, a criminal