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He can plead guilty to a misdemeanor offense or be tried for a felony.
  a serious crime (such as murder or arson)
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felony felonies
Strongly Associated with:   misdemeanor, felon, felonious
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Technical descriptions under U.S. Criminal Law:

infraction:  no jail or a maximum of 5 days of jail time

misdemeanor:  6 days to a year of jail time

felony:  more than a year of jail time
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  • He can plead guilty to a misdemeanor offense or be tried for a felony.
  • It’s much more difficult to find a job with a felony conviction.
  • The greatest felony in the news business today is to be behind, or to miss a big story. So speed and quantity substitute for thoroughness and quality, for accuracy and context.
    Carl Bernstein
  • Nobody but Uncle Jack, perhaps, who sometimes embarrassed her unmercifully in front of company with a tinkling recitative of her childhood felonies.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman

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  • "There’s cheating and then there’s felony cheating."
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • She’s probably terrified: she’s been talking about my boyfriend (misdemeanor), but, more specifically, she’s been talking about how hot he is (felony).
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • When a serious felony case went to trial in a county like Monroe County, which was 40 percent black, it was not uncommon for prosecutors to exclude all African Americans from jury service.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • She committed two felonies under my roof.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Somewhere in the garrison a pimply-faced Unterscharfuhrer, frozen with terror, would hear himself accused of this reckless felony.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Okay, maybe not a felony, but how about a misdemeanor?
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush

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  • In Maycomb County, hunting out of season was a misdemeanor at law, a capital felony in the eyes of the populace.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • It’s not often that one has the chance to witness the birth of a felony.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • I guess we are aiding and abetting a felony, Watson?
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • He’s not got blood enough to go in for felony with impunity.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • I’d inform if he were my own son: and it’s felony without benefit of clergy!’
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Contrite, he copped a plea to a single felony count and on October 10, 1990, some two weeks after McCandless arrived in Carthage, began serving a four-month sentence in Sioux Falls.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Minor infractions were tolerated and "he’s just being a boy" was an all-purpose excuse for anything short of a felony.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • A felony, my!
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • The way he said it, stirring sounded absolutely sinister—like it should be a first-degree felony, not something you did to cookie dough.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • ’Gentlemen,’ said the president, when silence was restored, ’is the Count of Morcerf convicted of felony, treason, and conduct unbecoming a member of this House?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • ’It begins with an F. F’F’F’felony!
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • And Mr. Jaggers made not me alone intensely melancholy, because, after he was gone, Herbert said of himself, with his eyes fixed on the fire, that he thought he must have committed a felony and forgotten the details of it, he felt so dejected and guilty.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • During the 1980s, New York City averaged well over 2,000 murders and 600,000 serious felonies a year.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Now, the possibility of being sent to jail-H this dinner was a felony-meant no more to him than the possibility of being run over by a truck: an ugly physical accident without any moral significance.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • ’Do you know,’ said I, as we walked along the passage, ’what felony was Number Twenty Seven’s last "folly"?’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Count One: That on or about the fifteenth day of November, 1959, one Richard Eugene Hickock did unlawfully, feloniously, willfully and with deliberation and premeditation, and while being engaged in the perpetration of a felony, kill and take the life of Herbert W. Clutter.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Sir, said Sir Launcelot, here is a great mischief befallen by felony, and by forecast treason, that your sister is thus shamefully slain.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • All right, now we got some felonies.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • ; all laws enacted during the late reign extending the crime of felony; all the former laws against Lollardy or heresy, together with the statute of the Six Articles.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • All things in common nature should produce Without sweat or endeavour; treason, felony, Sword, pike, knife, gun, or need of any engine, Would I not have; but nature should bring forth, Of it own kind, all foison, all abundance, To feed my innocent people.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • These young guys, some doing endless time on three-strike felonies or murder raps, are just looking to exact some punishment, to take it out on somebody.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • "Which of these was the good deed, which was the felony?" interrupted the Knight.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • We’ll indict the blackguards for felony, and get ’cause shipped off to penal settlements.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • ’It’s not exactly a felony.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • These chargeswere felonies, and if they remained on his record, he would never be allowed to be a doctor.
    Sampon Davis, et. al.  --  We Beat the Street
  • His clothes are a little freaky maybe, but that’s a misdemeanor here, not a felony.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • They laughed, and talked of his success in doing this; and Monks, talking on about the boy, and getting very wild, said that though he had got the young devil’s money safely now, he’d rather have had it the other way; for, what a game it would have been to have brought down the boast of the father’s will, by driving him through every jail in town, and then hauling him up for some capital felony which Fagin could easily manage, after having made a good profit of him besides.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • A felony.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • To men who only aim at escaping felony, nothing short of the prisoner’s dock is disgrace.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • I think that the affront was born of the town’s realisation that he was getting it involved with himself; that whatever the felony which produced the mahogany and crystal, he was forcing the town to compound it.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Or, secondly, such as are transported from Newgate and other prisons, after having been found guilty of felony and other crimes punishable with death.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
  • I tried to measure the magnitude of the felonies committed in the name of discipline and tradition, but I could not assign a value to the ruin of boys.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • So-and-so" (a fashionable woman whom he had known) "was far from being perfect, but, after all, one did find in her a fundamental delicacy, a loyalty in her conduct which made her, whatever happened, incapable of a felony, which fixes a vast gulf between her and an old hag like Verdurin.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Quite simply, he was a genius at ’alteration’ — his speciality being passports and drivers’ licences with photographs and I. D. cards for those who had come in conflict with the law, in the main with felony arrests.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • …and animals, obtaining money under false pretences, forgery, embezzlement, misappropriation of public money, betrayal of public trust, malingering, mayhem, corruption of minors, criminal libel, blackmail, contempt of court, arson, treason, felony, mutiny on the high seas, trespass, burglary, jailbreaking, practice of unnatural vice, desertion from armed forces in the field, perjury, poaching, usury, intelligence with the king’s enemies, impersonation, criminal assault, manslaughter,…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • In matters of high importance, particularly in cases relating to the game, the justice was not always attentive to these admonitions of his clerk; for, indeed, in executing the laws under that head, many justices of peace suppose they have a large discretionary power, by virtue of which, under the notion of searching for and taking away engines for the destruction of the game, they often commit trespasses, and sometimes felony, at their pleasure.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • …which recitals produced a very different impression on the two: for, while the younger, who was of a timid and retiring disposition, gleaned from thence nothing but forewarnings to shun the great world and attach himself to the quiet routine of a country life, Ralph, the elder, deduced from the often-repeated tale the two great morals that riches are the only true source of happiness and power, and that it is lawful and just to compass their acquisition by all means short of felony.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • The poor couple must have thought they had stumbled on a case of felony child neglect.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • Remind me if breaking and entering is a felony.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • They got me pretty wasted before we even got to the felonies.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
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Associated words [difficulty]:   felony [3] , misdemeanor [5] , felon [5] , felonious [8] , infraction [3] , felon [5] , misdemeanor [5] , felonious [8]
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