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to comit a crime
(Pretty much only used in spoken past ("hat verbrochen"). MUST have a direct object , or at least "etwas".)
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Prefix Advent Calendar - 15

A quick look at the German word for "crime" - "das Verbrechen".

Word Family

Root: *bhreg-

The core idea of this root was:


It’s quite visible in words like break, brake and breach, but it’s also the origin of the Latin frangere (to break).

Here’s a little overview over that branch of the family. I think you can see the notion of breaking in all of them :)

  • fragile, frail
  • fragment, fragmentation
  • defray
  • fracture
  • fractal 
  • fraction
  • infringe
  • suffrage
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