A crime, such as murder or betrayal of one's country, that is treated so seriously that death may be considered an appropriate punishment.
The 23-year-old Army private faces a litany of charges, including aiding the enemy, a capital offense.
Early in the fourteenth century a law was passed making it a capital offense to burn coal within the precincts of London.
We shall remain free, never to be proven guilty of the one capital offense against freedom, a lack of stanch faith.
A mind-probe is utterly illegal; why, it's a capital offense!
He thanked God that it had not as yet become a "capital offense to give him a morsel of bread."
By the laws of the Republic, for a Frenchman to serve against France was a capital offense.
So they took the critics out and drowned them, and then passed a short act, making criticism a capital offense.
No trial for a capital offense was ever allowed to begin on the day preceding the Sabbath.
Dales code declared absence from Sunday services a capital offense.
A decree was issued making it a capital offense to harbor missionaries of any garb.