Advanced Vocabulary for IELTS 7.0 +: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT (Part 2)

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT (PART 2)

Vocabulary in Action

Select a word from the Types of Crime or Perpetrators of Crime sections to fill each gap as in the example. Use each word once only. Not all of the words will be needed. You may need to change the form/tense of the word to fit the gap.

(a)        He ­­­­­­­­­­___________ himself by providing the defendant with a false alibi.

(b)       The newspapers are already portraying him as some sort of   ­­­­­­­­­­___________ maniac before any shred of evidence against him has been heard.

(c)        I can’t believe my own sister ­­­­­­­­­­___________ my trust fund. When Father died, he entrusted her with the management of my finances until I turned 18. She has utterly betrayed me.

(d)       If my boss pinches me on the behind once more, I swear I will have him up in front of a judge on sexual ­­­­­­­­­­___________ charges faster than you can say Jack Robinson.

(e)        My house was ­­­­­­­­­­___________ last week while I was away on a business trip.

(f)        He ­­­­­­­­­­___________ what is thought to amount to some € 1 billion euro before his scheme was discovered.

(g)       The price of a bottle of water these days is simply ­­­­­­­­­­___________ ; how could anyone ever justify paying €2.50 for something you can get free from a tap?

(h)       How did you manage to move all those cigarettes across the border. I know they are only for home consumption James, but you’ve effectively become a ­­­­­­­­­­___________ in the eyes of the law.

(i)        Isn’t threatening to post graphic nude pictures of your boss on the internet unless he gives you a raise basically a form of ­­­­­­­­­­___________ ?

(j)        Jim, this is the 8th time in four days we’ve bumped into each other in the library. I’m beginning to think you’re ­­­­­­­­­­___________ me!

(k)       You walk into prison a ­­­­­­­­­­___________ and you walk out a hardened one – a lifer, effectively; there is something very wrong with our penal system.

(l)        The charge of murder was rejected by the jury, but the defendant was convicted on the lessor crime of ­­­­­­­­­­___________ .

(m)      I went out to my car to drive to work this morning only to find that it had been ­­­­­­­­­­___________ the night before. Those pups of layabout, no-good neighbours of ours are responsible; I just know it. It will cost a fortune to repair.

(n)       The ­­­­­­­­­­___________ happened mid-flight. Reportedly, the pilot was threatened at knife-point.

(o)       You made a ­­­­­­­­­­___________ claim for welfare payments yet you think you shouldn’t have to return the money. Whose rules do you play by? You are lucky you are not being locked up in jail.

(p)       The ­­­­­­­­­­___________ identity papers were so convincing that he managed to give customs officials the slip and escape from the country.

(q)       The two drunks were charged with ­­­­­­­­­­___________ and breach of the peace after their street-side dispute turned violent.

(r)        The little girl was ­­­­­­­­­­___________ right in front of her mother, but the mall was so crowded that no one was able to identify the person responsible. Luckily, she was returned unharmed less than ten minutes later.

(s)        ­­­­­­­­­­___________ often goes unreported. What is more, people think that women and children are the only victims of this type of abuse, but, in reality, it is not unheard of for men to be targeted by their spouses either.

(t)        He was charged with aggravated ­­­­­­­­­­___________ ; his victim required ten stitches to his face and had to be treated for shock.

Verb Collocations

Match each verb with the appropriate phrase-ending.

(a)        charge

(b)        commit

(c)        break out

(d)       plead

(e)        break

(f)        detain

(g)        find

(h)        arrest

(i)         remand

(j)         release

(k)        quash

(l)         sentence

(m)       file

(n)        call

(o)        pass

(p)        acquit

(i)         to life

(ii)        on bail

(iii)       on suspicion of murder

(iv)       guilty

(v)        an offence

(vi)       innocent

(vii)      of prison

(viii)     the law

(ix)       for questioning

(x)        to give evidence

(xi)       with murder

(xii)      sentence

(xiii)     the verdict

(xiv)     for divorce

(xv)      of all charges

(xvi)     in custody

ANSWER KEY

Vocabulary in Action

a. perjured

b. homicidal

c. embezzled

d. harassment

e. burgled 

f. money laundered/ racketeered

g. extortionate

h. smuggler

i. blackmail

j. stalking

k. petty criminal

l. manslaughter

m. vandalised

n. hijacking

o. fraudulent 

p. forged

q. affray

r. abducted

s. Domestic violence

t. assault

 

Verb Collocations

a. xi

b. v

c. vii

d. iv/vi

e. viii

f. ix

g. iv/vi

h. iii

i. xvi

j. ii

k. xiii 

l. i

m. xiv

n. x

o. xii

p. xv

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