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The Devil's Dictionary: Misdemeanor

by Ambrose Bierce
MISCREANT
MISERICORDE

MISDEMEANOR

-n.

An infraction of the law having less dignity than a felony and constituting no claim to admittance into the best criminal society.

By misdemeanors he essays to climb
Into the aristocracy of crime.
O, woe was him! — with manner chill and grand
"Captains of industry" refused his hand,
"Kings of finance" denied him recognition
And "railway magnates" jeered his low condition.
He robbed a bank to make himself respected.
They still rebuffed him, for he was detected.

- S. V. Hanipur

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