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misdemeanor

[mis-di-mee-ner] /ˌmɪs dɪˈmi nər/
noun
1.
Law. a criminal offense defined as less serious than a felony.
2.
an instance of misbehavior; misdeed.
Also, especially British, misdemeanour.
Origin
1480-1490
1480-90; mis-1 + demeanor
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Examples from the web for misdemeanor
  • They woke up on March 7th facing 25 years to life for even misdemeanor crimes.
  • Iowa's attorney general slapped the company with more than 9000 criminal misdemeanor charges, including child-labor violations.
  • At least they only convicted her of misdemeanors.
  • She is charged with obtaining food or lodging with intent to defraud, a second degree misdemeanor.
  • He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.
  • Even though Farrally gets no foot traffic, she is violating the law and could face misdemeanor charges.
  • The misdemeanor case was thrown out.
  • The final reason is, this is a misdemeanor charge — he has not been convicted of anything.
  • He could face up to a year in prison if convicted on an assault charge, a misdemeanor.
  • Federal law treats possession in most instances as a misdemeanor.
British Dictionary definitions for misdemeanor

misdemeanour

/ˌmɪsdɪˈmiːnə/
noun
1.
(criminal law) (formerly) an offence generally less heinous than a felony and which until 1967 involved a different form of trial Compare felony
2.
any minor offence or transgression
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Word Origin and History for misdemeanor
n.

also misdemeanour, "legal class of indictable offenses," late 15c.; from mis- (1) "wrong" + Middle English demenure (see demeanor). Related: Misdemeanors; misdemeanours.

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misdemeanor in Culture
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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