misdemeanor

[ mis-di-mee-ner ]
/ ˌmɪs dɪˈmi nər /

noun

Law. a criminal offense defined as less serious than a felony.
an instance of misbehavior; misdeed.
Also especially British, mis·de·mean·our.

Origin of misdemeanor

First recorded in 1480–90; mis-1 + demeanor
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British Dictionary definitions for misdemeanour

misdemeanour

US misdemeanor

/ (ˌmɪsdɪˈmiːnə) /

noun

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
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Cultural definitions for misdemeanour

misdemeanor
[ (mis-di-mee-nuhr) ]

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.)

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