a serious crime (such as murder or arson)
A serious criminal offense, which, under federal law, is punishable by death or imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.
Origin: felonie, from felon. Ultimately of origin. More at felon.
an act on the part of the vassal which cost him his fee by forfeiture
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
a heinous crime; especially, a crime punishable by death or imprisonment
Origin: [OE. felonie cruelty, OF. felonie, F. flonie treachery, malice. See Felon, n.]
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
"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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The numerical value of felony in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of felony in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Being intelligent is not a felony, but most societies evaluate it as at least a misdemeanor.
They handcuffed me and charged me with unlawful possession of a firearm -- a second-degree felony.
Drinking makes such fools of people, and people are such fools to begin with, that it's compounding a felony.
Felony records (are) making it very difficult for folks to get jobs coming back out of prisons. It is a serious problem.
He clearly committed a felony, both the malicious mischief to other vehicles and then assaulting a police officer, but the totality of what occurred is still what we are trying to investigate.
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- углавно престъплениеBulgarian
- trestný čin, závažný trestný činCzech
- Verbrechen, Schwerverbrechen, Schwerstverbrechen, Kapitalverbrechen, schwere StraftatGerman
- crimen, delito, feloníaSpanish
- törkeä rikosFinnish
- zwaar misdrijfDutch
- ciężkie przestępstwo, zbrodniaPolish
- преступление, тяжкое уголовное преступление, фелония, тяжкое преступление, уголовное преступлениеRussian
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