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misdemeanor

or (especially British) misdemeanour

[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.
Origin of misdemeanor
1480-1490
1480-90; mis-1 + demeanor
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Examples from the Web for misdemeanour
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  • One badgered private assaulted him violently with a pitchfork, and suffered two years' imprisonment for that misdemeanour.

    The Making Of A Novelist David Christie Murray
  • For this misdemeanour they were confined to barracks at Hamilton.

    Adventures and Recollections Bill o'th' Hoylus End
  • Malicious injury to other animals is a misdemeanour punishable on summary conviction.

  • You cannot make economy a crime, progress a misdemeanour, or efficiency a felony!

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • It rebukes all misdemeanour, all forgetfulness in look and gesture of the Sacred Presence, in every worshipper, at every shrine.

  • I told him there would not be any fear of misdemeanour of that kind with me.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • In the first place, let loafing of every kind, and not merely the loafing of the casual pauper, be made a misdemeanour.

    The Vagrancy Problem. William Harbutt Dawson
  • Your obstinacy has driven me into the commission of a misdemeanour.

    A Tramp's Wallet William Duthie
  • This is the charm of German law: misdemeanour in Germany has its fixed price.

    Three Men on the Bummel Jerome K. Jerome
  • This misdemeanour was, in Maori eyes, fatal to his prestige as an ariki and a war-leader.

British Dictionary definitions for misdemeanour

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 misdemeanour

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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misdemeanour 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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