felony

[fel-uh-nee]
noun, plural felonies. Law.
1.
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.
2.
Early English Law. any crime punishable by death or mutilation and forfeiture of lands and goods.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English felonie < Anglo-French, Old French: villainy, a felony. See felon1, -y3

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felony (ˈfɛlənɪ)
 
n , pl -nies
(formerly) a serious crime, such as murder or arson. All distinctions between felony and misdemeanour were abolished in England and Wales in 1967

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felony
late 13c. as a term in common law, in Anglo-Fr., from O.Fr. felonie (12c.) "wickedness, evil, treachery, perfidy, crime, cruelty, sin," from Gallo-Rom. *fellonia, from fellonem (see felon).
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felony [(fel-uh-nee)]

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.

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Example sentences
Children, who had always figured largely in the felony of the age, made a
  profession of feigning the symptoms of the bewitched.
Ordinarily, a first-time offender convicted of a single, nonviolent felony
  would be spared such a long sentence.
In six weeks we've had two felony pleas, another pending and a pipeline full of
  criminal cases waiting to be made.
It is considered bad form to blame people for a catastrophe after it happens,
  unless someone involved has committed a felony.
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