- Law. a criminal offense defined as less serious than a felony.
- an instance of misbehavior; misdeed.
Origin of misdemeanor
Examples from the Web for misdemeanour
For this misdemeanour they were confined to barracks at Hamilton.Adventures and Recollections
Bill o'th' Hoylus End
Brenchfield tried to turn her to the seriousness of her misdemeanour.The Spoilers of the Valley
You cannot make economy a crime, progress a misdemeanour, or efficiency a felony!The Root of Evil
I told him there would not be any fear of misdemeanour of that kind with me.A Sheaf of Corn
Mary E. Mann
She is very handsome; that is misdemeanour number one, I believe.'Lover or Friend
Rosa Nouchette Carey
- criminal law (formerly) an offence generally less heinous than a felony and which until 1967 involved a different form of trialCompare felony
- any minor offence or transgression
Word Origin and History for misdemeanour
A minor crime, punishable by a fine or a light jail term. Common misdemeanors, such as traffic violations, are usually dealt with informally, without a trial. (Compare felony.)