- A person guilty of a crime or an offence.
- A person or thing that is responsible for a particular problem or fault.
Early 17th century: from latin culpritus, from culpa "fault".
- The police arrested the culprit.
- The culprit was caught on camera.
- The culprit was found to be the faulty wiring.
- It was difficult to determine who the real culprit was.
- The culprit of the robbery was caught and brought to justice.