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felony

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noun fel·o·ny \ˈfe-lə-nē\

Simple Definition of felony

  • law : a serious crime (such as murder or rape)

Full Definition of felony

plural fel·o·nies

  1. 1 :  an act on the part of a feudal vassal involving the forfeiture of his fee

  2. 2 a :  a grave crime formerly differing from a misdemeanor under English common law by involving forfeiture in addition to any other punishment b :  a grave crime declared to be a felony by the common law or by statute regardless of the punishment actually imposed c :  a crime declared a felony by statute because of the punishment imposed d :  a crime for which the punishment in federal law may be death or imprisonment for more than one year

Examples of felony

  1. The crime is considered a felony under state law.

  2. He was convicted of felony murder.



14th Century

First Known Use of felony

14th century



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