felony

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From Middle English felony, felonie, from 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 imprisonment for a term exceeding one year or by death.

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