Definition of felony in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘California requires DNA sampling only from those convicted for violent felonies and some sex crimes.’
    • ‘Now the choice is go to trial on a felony assault charge and hope for an acquittal or plead guilty to a misdemeanor.’
    • ‘The total number of sustained felonies, misdemeanors, and probation violations was computed.’
    • ‘In the US, the vast majority of murders and other felonies are state crimes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dealing with felonies, including rape, murder, and assault, often fell to the citizens who witnessed them.’
    • ‘There is a considerable historical literature that explores changes in the process of prosecuting both felonies and misdemeanors in England.’
    • ‘If convicted of the felony charge, the woman could face up to five years in jail.’
    • ‘The 39-year-old singer was booked on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon late on Friday.’
    • ‘In the great majority of cases in which death ensues as a result of a tort felony has been committed.’
    • ‘Some of these crimes are misdemeanors; others are felonies of various degrees.’
    • ‘Using a destructive device in a violent crime is a federal felony that carries a mandatory minimum of 30 years in jail.’
    • ‘And the schedule is there, so your Honours can see how the felonies and misdemeanours were changed.’
    • ‘If convicted on the felony charge, he could lose his right to work in the United States.’
    • ‘That charge could be filed as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances.’
    • ‘Well, in this case, under a felony murder charge, she would be guilty and a jury has found her guilty.’
    • ‘What's the difference between felonies, misdemeanors, and infractions?’
    • ‘If convicted of the felony charges they could face up to five years in jail.’
    • ‘The principal felonies were homicide, rape, theft, burglary, robbery and arson.’
    • ‘One fan will be charged with a felony assault charge for accusations of throwing a chair.’
    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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Middle English: from Old French felonie, from felon (see felon).