Definitions for felonyˈfɛl ə ni

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fel•o•nyˈfɛl ə ni(n.)(pl.)-nies.

  1. an offense of graver character than a misdemeanor and usu. punished by imprisonment for more than one year.

    Category: Law

  2. Early Eng. Law. any crime punishable by death or mutilation and forfeiture of goods.

    Category: Law

Origin of felony:

1250–1300; ME < AF, OF

Princeton's WordNet

  1. felony(noun)

    a serious crime (such as murder or arson)


  1. felony(Noun)

    A serious criminal offense, which, under federal law, is punishable by death or imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.

  2. Origin: felonie, from felon. Ultimately of origin. More at felon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Felony(noun)

    an act on the part of the vassal which cost him his fee by forfeiture

  2. Felony(noun)

    an offense which occasions a total forfeiture either lands or goods, or both, at the common law, and to which capital or other punishment may be added, according to the degree of guilt

  3. Felony(noun)

    a heinous crime; especially, a crime punishable by death or imprisonment


  1. Felony

    A felony is a serious crime in some common law countries. The term originates from English common law where felonies were originally crimes which involved the confiscation of a convicted person's land and goods; other crimes were called misdemeanors. Many common law countries have now abolished the felony/misdemeanor distinction and replaced it with other distinctions such as between indictable offences and summary offences. A felony is generally considered to be a crime of "high seriousness", while a misdemeanor is not. A person convicted in a court of law of a felony crime is known as a felon. In the United States, where the felony/misdemeanor distinction is still widely applied, the federal government defines a felony as a crime punishable by death or imprisonment in excess of one year. If punishable by exactly one year or less, it is classified as a misdemeanor. The individual states may differ in this definition, using other categories as seriousness or context. Similar to felonies in some civil law countries are delicts, whereas in others crimes and delicts.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Felony

    "a crime which involves a total forfeiture of lands or goods or both, to which capital or other punishment may be superadded, according to the degree of guilt."

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a serious crime

He committed a felony.

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