- an offense, as murder or burglary, of graver character than those called misdemeanors, especially those commonly punished in the U.S. by imprisonment for more than a year.
- Early English Law. any crime punishable by death or mutilation and forfeiture of lands and goods.
Origin of felony
Examples from the Web for felony
There is no requirement for a member of Congress to resign after pleading guilty to a felony.The Felon Who Wouldn’t Leave Congress
Ben Jacobs, David Freedlander
December 23, 2014
Beebe was arrested in January 2006 and charged with two counts of felony rape.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
Today it would be considered a felony, classifying him as a “two-timer” and therefore ineligible for special release.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
If this were accurate, it would mean that the Wilson stopped Brown over a minor offense, not a felony.Why Darren Wilson Will Walk
November 22, 2014
An Uber driver assaulted a passenger and it turned out he had a felony conviction, despite passing the background check.The Ten Worst Uber Horror Stories
November 19, 2014
Ten of the men were apprehended for the felony, and eight of them were executed.Self-Help
"You talk of forgery and penalties as if we were about to commit a felony," said Linton, laughing.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
I should have to clear myself of felony, to strain every nerve and cheat the gallows.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
It was compounding a felony, but my client was satisfied and Roger was grateful.'Charge It'
"Please compound a felony," he said softly—and slipped it into his pocket.The Crooked House
- (formerly) a serious crime, such as murder or arson. All distinctions between felony and misdemeanour were abolished in England and Wales in 1967
Word Origin and History for felony
late 13c. as a term in common law, in Anglo-French, from Old French felonie (12c.) "wickedness, evil, treachery, perfidy, crime, cruelty, sin," from Gallo-Romance *fellonia, from fellonem (see felon).
A grave crime, such as murder, rape, or burglary, that is punishable by death (see capital offense) or imprisonment in a state or federal facility.