What does felony mean?

Definitions for felony
ˈfɛl ə nifelony

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. felonynoun

    a serious crime (such as murder or arson)


  1. felonynoun

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

    Etymology: felonie, from felon. Ultimately of origin. More at felon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Felonynoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. felonie cruelty, OF. felonie, F. flonie treachery, malice. See Felon, n.]

  2. Felonynoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. felonie cruelty, OF. felonie, F. flonie treachery, malice. See Felon, n.]

  3. Felonynoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. felonie cruelty, OF. felonie, F. flonie treachery, malice. See Felon, n.]


  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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of felony in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of felony in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of felony in a Sentence

  1. Caitlin Cedfeldt:

    Tenants are being told they need to leave, landlords will say' You know this declaration is under perjury and you could go to prison.' But people might say,' Should I just leave rather than have a felony ?'.

  2. Jeb Bush:

    Yes, they broke the law, but it's not a felony. It's an act of love, it's an act of commitment to your family.

  3. Javier Campos:

    I locked my kids in the basement. I did not do it to hurt them, but I was trying to do it because I did not want them to make a big mess when I was gone, i am faced with a level six felony of neglect to my kids, which I understand. I made mistakes.

  4. Andrew McCarthy:

    I don't believe Cuomo would pardon himself, because the groping crime he’s under investigation for in the Commission complaint is (a) considered a misdemeanor and not very serious (i.e., it’s not considered felony sexual assault), and (b) he has vigorously denied the allegation and a pardon would be tantamount to a confession of guilt.

  5. Ron DeSantis:

    The only reason you're paying restitution is because you were convicted of a felony.

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  • جنايةArabic
  • углавно престъплениеBulgarian
  • trestný čin, závažný trestný činCzech
  • Verbrechen, Schwerverbrechen, Schwerstverbrechen, Kapitalverbrechen, schwere StraftatGerman
  • κακούργημαGreek
  • crimen, delito, feloníaSpanish
  • törkeä rikosFinnish
  • crimeFrench
  • 重罪Japanese
  • 중죄Korean
  • taiharaMāori
  • zwaar misdrijfDutch
  • ciężkie przestępstwo, zbrodniaPolish
  • crimăRomanian
  • преступление, тяжкое уголовное преступление, фелония, тяжкое преступление, уголовное преступлениеRussian

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