Law. a criminal offense defined as less serious than a felony.
an instance of misbehavior; misdeed.
Also especially British, mis·de·mean·our.
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Examples from the Web for misdemeanour
Historical Examples of misdemeanour
For this misdemeanour they were confined to barracks at Hamilton.
Brenchfield tried to turn her to the seriousness of her misdemeanour.
You cannot make economy a crime, progress a misdemeanour, or efficiency a felony!
I told him there would not be any fear of misdemeanour of that kind with me.
She is very handsome; that is misdemeanour number one, I believe.'
British Dictionary definitions for misdemeanour
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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Word Origin and History for misdemeanour
also misdemeanour, "legal class of indictable offenses," late 15c.; from mis- (1) "wrong" + Middle English demenure (see demeanor). Related: Misdemeanors; misdemeanours.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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