Definition of felony in English:

felony

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nounplural noun felonies

  • A crime, typically one involving violence, regarded as more serious than a misdemeanor, and usually punishable by imprisonment for more than one year or by death.

    The distinction between felonies and misdemeanors usually depends on the penalties or consequences attaching to the crime. In English common law, felony originally comprised those offenses (murder, wounding, arson, rape, and robbery) for which the penalty included forfeiture of land and goods

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

Pronunciation

felony

/ˈfelənē/ /ˈfɛləni/

Origin

Middle English from Old French felonie, from felon (see felon).