felony

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Old French felonie (evil, immoral deed), from felon (evildoer). Ultimately of Germanic origin. More at felon.

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felony (plural felonies)

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  1. (US, law) A serious criminal offense, which, under federal law, is punishable by death or imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.

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