Crossword clues for felony
- Kind of charge
- Murder, e.g.
- Grand larceny, e.g.
- Grand theft, for example
- Battery, perhaps
- Grand theft auto, e.g.
- A serious crime
- It's a crime
- Arson, e.g.
- Hijacking, e.g.
- Serious offense
- More than a misdemeanor
- Wrong iron taken by heartless nutter
- Serious crime
- Look in Iron City for serious American crime
- Record listing
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Felony \Fel"o*ny\, n.; pl. Felonies. [OE. felonie cruelty, OF. felonie, F. f['e]lonie treachery, malice. See Felon, n.]
(Feudal Law) An act on the part of the vassal which cost him his fee by forfeiture.
(O.Eng.Law) An offense which occasions a total forfeiture either lands or goods, or both, at the common law, and to which capital or other punishment may be added, according to the degree of guilt.
A heinous crime; especially, a crime punishable by death or imprisonment.
Note: Forfeiture for crime having been generally abolished in the United States, the term felony, in American law, has lost this point of distinction; and its meaning, where not fixed by statute, is somewhat vague and undefined; generally, however, it is used to denote an offense of a high grade, punishable either capitally or by a term of imprisonment. In Massachusetts, by statute, any crime punishable by death or imprisonment in the state prison, and no other, is a felony; so in New York. the tendency now is to obliterate the distinction between felonies and misdemeanors; and this has been done partially in England, and completely in some of the States of the Union. The distinction is purely arbitrary, and its entire abolition is only a question of time.
Note: There is no lawyer who would undertake to tell what a felony is, otherwise than by enumerating the various kinds of offenses which are so called. originally, the word felony had a meaning: it denoted all offenses the penalty of which included forfeiture of goods; but subsequent acts of Parliament have declared various offenses to be felonies, without enjoining that penalty, and have taken away the penalty from others, which continue, nevertheless, to be called felonies, insomuch that the acts so called have now no property whatever in common, save that of being unlawful and purnishable.
--J. S. Mill.
To compound a felony. See under Compound, v. t.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
c.1300, "treachery, betrayal; deceit; villainy, wickedness, sin, crime; violent temper, wrath; ruthlessness; evil intention," from Old French felonie (12c.) "wickedness, evil, treachery, perfidy, crime, cruelty, sin," from Gallo-Roman *fellonia, from fellonem "evil-doer" (see felon).\n
\nAs a class of crime in common law, also from c.1300, from Anglo-French. The exact definition changed over time and place, and even the distinction from misdemeanor or trespass is not always observed. In old use often a crime involving forfeiture of lands, goods, or a fee or a crime punishable by death. Variously used in the U.S.; often the sense is "crime punishable by death or imprisonment in a state penitentiary."
n. (context US legal English) A serious criminal offense, which, under federal law, is punishable by death or imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.
n. a serious crime (such as murder or arson)
The term felony, in some common law countries, means a serious crime. The word originates from English common law (from the French medieval word "félonie"), where felonies were originally crimes that involved confiscation of a convicted person's land and goods. Other crimes were called misdemeanors. Many common law countries have now abolished the felony/misdemeanor distinction and replaced it with other distinctions, such as between indictable offences and summary offences. A felony is generally considered a crime of high seriousness, while a misdemeanor is not.
A person who has committed a felony is a felon, and upon conviction of a felony in a court of law is known as a convicted felon or a convict. In the United States, where the felony/misdemeanor distinction is still widely applied, the federal government defines a felony as a crime punishable by death or imprisonment in excess of one year. If punishable by exactly one year or less, it is classified as a misdemeanor. Note that the actual prison sentence handed out has no effect on this; the decision is based on the maximum sentence possible under law. For example, if a person is sentenced to six months, but the charge can be "up to two years", it counts as a felony, in spite of the actual time served being well under a year. Individual states may differ in this definition, using other categories as seriousness or context.
Similar to felonies in some civil law countries ( Italy, Spain) are delicts, whereas in others ( France, Belgium, Switzerland) crimes (more serious) and delicts (délits, less serious); and still in others ( Brazil, Portugal), crimes and delicts are synonymous (more serious), as opposed to contraventions (less serious).
Felony is an American new wave and rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in the early 1980s by brothers Jeffrey Spirili and Joe Spirili. The brothers were also known as Jeff Spry and Joe Spry.
A felony is a type of crime.
Felony may also refer to:
- Felony (album), an album by Emmure
- Felony (band), an American band popular in the 1980s
- Felony (film), a 2013 Australian film
- Jayo Felony (born 1969), American rapper
Felony is the third full-length album by American deathcore band Emmure under the Victory Records label. It was released on August 18, 2009. The album debuted at #60 on the Billboard Top 200 selling roughly 8,000 copies in its first week. Felony is also the first album to feature new members Mike Mulholland on guitar and Mike Kaabe on drums, replacing founding members Ben and Joe Lionetti, respectively.
Felony is a 2013 Australian crime thriller film directed by Matthew Saville. Joel Edgerton wrote, produced and co-starred in the film. Tom Wilkinson, Jai Courtney, and Melissa George also appeared in the film. It was screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
Usage examples of "felony".
Awhile later, Bauhaus made my walking weight heavier by half a kilo of the white stuff a guaranteed felony bust for dealing, should anyone wearing a badge pat me down.
I saw the shitbirds chasing hepcat, who looked suspiciously like the subject of felony warrant number four eleven dash forty-three.
John De Puyster Hepplewhite to lie on he is thrown into prison, indicted by a grand jury, and tried for felony!
Just because this poor man--hungry, thirsty and weary--happened to select a bed belonging to John De Puyster Hepplewhite to lie on he is thrown into prison, indicted by a grand jury, and tried for felony!
It happened that I was instructed to defend a man who had been committed to Hertford Quarter Sessions on a charge of felony.
Though, what had happened down in the subbasement was regrettable, but not a felony.
As a felony committed at Zuni, thus on a federal reservation, this was officially an FBI case.
And so will I, unless Jaworski can nail the bastard on enough felony counts to strip him not only of his right to vote, like Agnew, but also his key to the back door of the Federal Treasury -- which is not very likely now that Ford has done everything but announce the date for when he will grant the pardon.
In Dade County, one out of 15 applicants for a new concealed-weapons license has a felony arrest record.
Among them they boast 874 felony arrests, 300 felony convictions, 1,682 misdemeanor arrests and 1,023 misdemeanor convictions, only 85 have ever served time in prisons or reform schools.
Angel convictions on 1,023 misdemeanor counts and 151 felonies -- primarily vehicle theft, burglary and assault.
Now, in his official capacity, he told the defendants that they were each charged with three counts of capital felony murder.
The copyhold was also subject to a variety of grievous taxes, which the lord had the privilege, upon many occasions, of imposing - such as aids, reliefs, primer seisin, wardship, escheats for felony and want of heirs, and many more, altogether so exorbitant and oppressive as often totally to ruin the tenant and rob him of almost all interest in his property.
Some had been convicted of a misdemeanor and not a felony, others were felons who had had their rights restored and others were simply cases of mistaken identity.
Another part of the report stated that of 463 identified Hell's Angels, 151 had felony convictions.