Definition of felony in English:

felony

noun

  • A crime regarded in the US and many other judicial systems as more serious than a misdemeanour:

    ‘he pleaded guilty to six felonies’
    [mass noun] ‘an accusation of felony’
    • ‘If convicted on the felony charge, he could lose his right to work in the United States.’
    • ‘Some of these crimes are misdemeanors; others are felonies of various degrees.’
    • ‘Now the choice is go to trial on a felony assault charge and hope for an acquittal or plead guilty to a misdemeanor.’
    • ‘And the schedule is there, so your Honours can see how the felonies and misdemeanours were changed.’
    • ‘If convicted of the felony charge, the woman could face up to five years in jail.’
    • ‘One fan will be charged with a felony assault charge for accusations of throwing a chair.’
    • ‘The total number of sustained felonies, misdemeanors, and probation violations was computed.’
    • ‘The 39-year-old singer was booked on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon late on Friday.’
    • ‘Using a destructive device in a violent crime is a federal felony that carries a mandatory minimum of 30 years in jail.’
    • ‘So your Honour can see that there was no act done in the course of a different felony which you would need for a felony murder situation.’
    • ‘In the US, the vast majority of murders and other felonies are state crimes.’
    • ‘Dealing with felonies, including rape, murder, and assault, often fell to the citizens who witnessed them.’
    • ‘What's the difference between felonies, misdemeanors, and infractions?’
    • ‘Well, in this case, under a felony murder charge, she would be guilty and a jury has found her guilty.’
    • ‘That charge could be filed as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances.’
    • ‘In the great majority of cases in which death ensues as a result of a tort felony has been committed.’
    • ‘There is a considerable historical literature that explores changes in the process of prosecuting both felonies and misdemeanors in England.’
    • ‘The principal felonies were homicide, rape, theft, burglary, robbery and arson.’
    • ‘California requires DNA sampling only from those convicted for violent felonies and some sex crimes.’
    • ‘If convicted of the felony charges they could face up to five years in jail.’
    crime, lawbreaking, lawlessness, criminality, misconduct, malpractice, corruption, unethical behaviour, immorality, sin, sinfulness, wickedness, badness, evil, vice, iniquity, villainy, delinquency, misbehaviour, mischief, naughtiness
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French felonie, from felon (see felon).

Pronunciation:

felony

/ˈfɛləni/