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Meaning of Felony

Originally the word denoted the state of having forfeited lands and goods to the crown upon conviction for certain offenses Later, it came to mean an offense upor. conviction for which such forfeiture followed. In course of time, in England anc the United States , the term was used tc denote crimes of a serious nature as distinc: from misdemeanors.

Felony Alternative Definition

At Common Law. An offense which occasions a total forfeiture of either lands or goods, or both, to which capital or other punishment may be superadded, according to the degree of guilt. 4 Bl. Comm. 94, 95; 1 Russ. Crimes, 42; 1 Chit. Prac. 14; Co. Litt. 391; 1 Hawk. P. C. c. 37; 5 Wheat. (U. S.) 153, 159. The common-law felonies were murder, manslaughter, rape, sodomy, robbery, larceny, arson, burglary, and perhaps mayhem. 1 Clark & Marshall, Crimes, 12; 2 Bish. New Crim. Law, § 1008. In American Law. The word has no clearly defined meaning, but includes offenses of a considerable gravity. 1 Park. Cr. R. (N. Y.) 39; 4 Ohio St. 542. In the absence of a statute defining felonies, ;t is generally held that no statutory crime is a felony unless it is so declared by the statute creating it. 66 Fed. 290; 7 Mass. 245. In other jurisdictions it is enacted that all offenses punishable by death or by confinement in the penitentiary are felonies. See 99 N. Y. 210; 35 Wis. 308; 10 Mich. 169; 89 Va. 570; 48 Me. 218.

Synonyms of Felony

noun

  • capital crime
  • crime graver than a misdemeanor
  • criminal activity
  • criminal offense
  • gross offense
  • heinous crime
  • heinous misconduct
  • illegality
  • indictable offense
  • misdeed punishable by imprisonment
  • offense
  • offense punishable by imprisonment
  • transgression
  • violation of law
  • wrongdoing Associated Concepts: assault with intent to commit felony
  • capital felony
  • common law felony
  • compounding a felony
  • felonious intent
  • felony conviction
  • felony murder
  • substantive felonyFOREIGN phrases: Felonia
  • ex vi terminisignificat quodlibet capitate crimen felleo animo perpetratum
  • Felony by force of the term
  • signifies any capital crime perpetrated with a criminal mind
  • Felonia implicatur in qualibet proditione
  • Felony is implied in every treason

Definition of Felony in the Free Online Notary Dictionary

A Crime More Serious Than A Misdemeanor And Punishable By A More Stringent Sentence.

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Arraignment, Arson, Asportation, Attainder, Burglary, Corruption Of Blood, Felon, Felonious, Forfeiture, Housebreaking, Infamous, Kidnap, Manslaughter, Manucaptio, Misdemeanor, Misprison, Misprison Of Felony, Sacrilege, Standing Mute, Suicide, .

Translate Misprision of Felony from English to Spanish

Translation of Misprision of Felony, with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of El delito de ocultar un delito mayor perpetrado por otro pero sin el concertarse con o dar ayuda a la persona que comete el delito como para convertir a la persona que oculta la información en un cómplice instigador o en cómplice encubridor and other legal terms is available here.

  • El delito de ocultar un delito mayor perpetrado por otro pero sin el concertarse con o dar ayuda a la persona que comete el delito como para convertir a la persona que oculta la información en un cómplice instigador o en cómplice encubridor
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Translate Felony from English to Spanish

Translation of Felony , with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Delito mayor and other legal terms is available here.

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English Spanish Translation of Felony

Serious crime

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