- Law. a criminal offense defined as less serious than a felony.
- an instance of misbehavior; misdeed.
Origin of misdemeanor
Examples from the Web for misdemeanor
Uber severed ties with him, and on Monday he was charged with misdemeanor vehicular homicide.Uber Finally Gets Banned—in Delhi
December 9, 2014
Freundel was charged with six counts of voyeurism, a misdemeanor, and has surrendered his passport while awaiting trial.Women Describe How Top D.C. Rabbi Allegedly Spied on Them in the Nude
Steven I. Weiss
October 22, 2014
ARS identified what it called the “stalker gap,” where people convicted of stalking as a misdemeanor can still carry guns.The Battle Is On in Gabby Giffords’s Old District
October 9, 2014
Add to that a batch of misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges and a few felony drug raps, and it was time to move.A Report From the Misunderstood Gathering of the Juggalos
July 28, 2014
Ultimately, he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges, and was placed on three years probation and fined $2,215.Inside California's Crazy Race To Be The GOP Gubernatorial Candidate
May 30, 2014
He certainly was not there for misdemeanor; for he was a "good boy," at least in his own estimation.
And Tresler could not help calling to mind the schoolboy detected in some misdemeanor.The Night Riders
Thus all the boys were exposed, and received just rebuke for their misdemeanor.The Printer Boy.
William M. Thayer
His office was strictly elective, and he could be deposed for misdemeanor.The Prehistoric World
E. A. Allen
Preciosa was upon trial for misdemeanor, and I for backbiting.When Grandmamma Was New
Word Origin and History for misdemeanor
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.)