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- Hyphenation: mis‧de‧mean‧or
- misdemeanour (UK)
Mis (prefix) against, opposing and 'demeanor'. See 'demeanor' for further explanation.
misdemeanor (plural misdemeanors) (US)
- (law) A crime usually punishable upon conviction by a small fine or by a short term of imprisonment. Crimes which are punishable by great fines or by longer imprisonment are usually called felonies.
- felony (more serious crime)