What does felony mean?

Definitions for felonyˈfɛl ə ni

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word felony.

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

  4. Origin: [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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Scott Wiener:

    Right now HIV is singled out for uniquely harsh treatment as a felony.

  2. Lazarus Long:

    Being intelligent is not a felony, but most societies evaluate it as at least a misdemeanor.

  3. Steffon Josey-Davis:

    They handcuffed me and charged me with unlawful possession of a firearm -- a second-degree felony.

  4. Officer Kevin Fry:

    This was a felony stop, as we both believed that this car was just taken in a vehicular hijacking.

  5. Robert Benchley:

    Drinking makes such fools of people, and people are such fools to begin with, that it's compounding a felony.

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Translations for felony

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

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

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