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- misdemeanour (UK)
Mis (prefix) against, opposing and 'demeanor'. See 'demeanor' for further explanation.
- (law) A crime usually punishable upon conviction by a small fine or by a short term of imprisonment. In the USA, misdemeanants usually are incarcerated in county jail for less than one year, but felons usually are incarcerated in state prison for more than one year. Crimes which are punishable by large fines or by longer imprisonment are sometimes called felonies.
- felony (more serious crime)