Meaning of felony

fel•o•ny

Pronunciation: (fel'u-nē), [key]
— pl. -nies.
  1. an offense, as murder or burglary, of graver character than those called misdemeanors, esp. those commonly punished in the U.S. by imprisonment for more than a year.
  2. any crime punishable by death or mutilation and forfeiture of lands and goods.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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